Fundraiser presents new motorcycle to Dorset’s Blood Bikes

Fundraiser Paul Fahie hands over the bike keys to Andrew Wiley, chair of YFW Blood Bikes

IN December 2021, Somerset-based Paul Fahie raised over £3,500 for YFW Blood Bikes, as he drove his favourite 1926 Vintage Morris Cowley around Somerset and Dorset, visiting as many of the hospitals served by the group as possible.

Last week, he topped off his hugely successful fund raising project by handing over the keys for a new Triumph motorbike to Andrew Wiley, chairman of YFW Blood Bikes, which serves South Somerset and Dorset.  

The ceremony was held at Haselbury Mill, near Crewkerne, and was attended by more than 80 YFW volunteers, the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw, and YFW’s life president Cecil Turner, who originally founded the group in 1978.

The bike, which was purchased entirely by funds donated by Paul and his supporters, was accepted onto the fleet joining YFW’s existing fleet of eight bikes, based at Dorchester and Yeovil Hospitals.

Like all Blood Bikes, the new Triumph will have an expected lifespan of four and half years, covering over 100,000 miles and completing more than 2,000 urgent deliveries of medical items of which at least 45 will be life saving medical supplies to NHS units throughout Somerset and Dorset.

Commenting on the hand over, Mr Wiley said: “We’re extraordinarily grateful to Paul and his supporters for their generosity. Not only does every member of our Blood Bike team give their time free of charge as a volunteer, but as a charity, our service is funded entirely by donations. And without the generosity of people like Paul and his supporters we wouldn’t be able to operate

YFW Blood Bikes is one of the longest continually serving Blood Bike groups in the UK. Today, YFW Blood Bikes makes more than 3,500 deliveries on behalf of NHS departments every year, clocking up about 15,000 miles a month and saving the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in transportation and delivery costs.

Paul is only too aware of the vital role the volunteer Blood Bikers play in helping the NHS.  He has a serious medical condition requiring him to have regular blood transfusions to keep him alive.

“Blood Bikers are the unsung heroes of the NHS,” he said as he handed over the bike keys. 

“Without them, people like me would struggle to get the support we need.

“I simply want to do what I can to make sure they receive the thanks they deserve and the funds they need to keep doing what they do.”

If you would like to find our more about YFW Blood Bikes and how you can get involved, contact Tony Colston on tony@bythebay.co.uk or call 07770 275 641.

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