Blood Bike Day Friday August 14th is the annual national recognition day for all the blood bike groups up and down the country who provide their time and services free to their local communities to ensure we are there when you need our life saving service. Checkout facebook, twitter and LinkedIn posts using #bloodbikeday A BIG thank you to our band of volunteers whether riding, taking the calls from hospitals to co-ordinate the riders, and of course our fundraisers and supporters who ensure we can run 365 nights of the year. The Theme this year is #RisingToTheChallenge volunteers have been doing in leaps and bounds to support the Covid19 pandemic
Covid 19 Its not just blood we transport! Freewheelers asked to take 800 gowns for front line staff at the Royal United Hospital Bath from Great Western Hospital Swindon The 'order' was so large a car was despatched following the initial run with a bike.
Mulberry Bike Presentation Freewheelers would like to thanks all the staff at Mulberry England for taking us on as their Charity of the year with the aim to purchase a new FJR1300 motorbike for us. We have worked closely with them during the year and they have exceeded the original target so not only have they purchased the bike but also enough money to run it for approx 8000 miles which is a brilliant result so once again a big thank from us all at Freewheelers.
John James Bristol Foundation John James was born in Bedminster in 1906 and became a very successful business man. He had a strong philanthropic drive to use monies for good. Although he passed in 1996, the John James Bristol Foundation continues this work with the emphasis on Bristol residents. The main areas of interest are education, health and the elderly. Freewheelers EVS applied to the Foundation and were staggered by the generosity of the giving. A donation of £33,000 was made to Freewheelers EVS to cover the cost of purchasing a new FJR 1300 Blood Bike along with the monies to run it for approximately 75,000m miles (3 years) of life-changing, life-saving service. John James’s blue plaque can be seen at the Windmill Hill city farm at the location of the house were he was born. With this new machine and the running costs, we would like to think that he would also approve of this more mobile and practical dedication to him.
The Thatchers Foundation has shown continued support for Freewheelers EVS and has recently made a donated of £2500. We would like to thank the Thatchers family and Foundation for such as generous contribution. The monies will cover the fuel and servicing running costs of approximately 12,500 miles of life-changing, life-saving service for the communities in the South West.
Gazza’s first Blood Biking Hero shift! We are proud to present a video covering Gazza’s (bike 12) first shift with Freewheelers EVS following the fantastic fundraising of Garry Scutcher’s family and friends to ensure his wish to volunteer as a blood biker lives on in the form of dedicated Bike 12. The bike keys were handed over to us pre-Covid, following a beautiful speech by Garry’s wife Jo, before setting off to do his duty providing our free service to the local hospitals, hospices and the two air ambulances we supply with blood products every evening. thanks to Laramoto for capturing the special evening on video and to all of Garry’s family and friends who have ensured Gazza is firmly part of the Freewheelers EVS bloodbike family. Video:- Bike Presentation and 1st Night on shift On Gazza’s 2nd day we visited the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity site, this 2nd video link shows how we work together and gives a great insight to their charity. video: Gazza visits GWAAC
WINNERS! On tonight's ITV West Country news the results of the voting from the #PeoplesProjects were announced, our project Wheels to save lives was one of the three winners in our region. Woo hoo, we are so excited at the prospect of two new bikes for our fleet to help continue delivering and expanding our free life saving service to the local communities. Massive THANK YOU to everyone who helped spread the word and gathered in the votes - we don't know the final count itself so will let you know when we do.
Thank you Freewheelers would like to thank the Great Western Chapter for their support over the last 3 years you have made a great difference to our service capability with your support. Year 1 Donating enough money to buy us a bike Year 2 Donating enough money to replace our Sat Nav units. Year 3 Donating money to fit cameras onto our bike.
Air Ambulance initiative In August 2015 Freewheelers EVS started working with both the Great Western Air Ambulance and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Freewheelers EVS delivers fresh whole bloods to both organisations every night, returning any unused bloods to the Southmead Hospital blood bank, 365 days a year. The additional cost is provided free of charge to the Air Ambulances and the NHS.