Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes - one of the charities we are supporting this term
Mrs Owens, Director of Ethical Leadership, writes ...
"One of the many ways in which we encourage our pupils to lead better lives and to be more ethical individuals is in their support of a wide variety of charities and community groups. We really do like them to get out there and do something to help directly, but our youngsters are also formidable when it comes to fundraising. I’ve never before encountered such imagination and enthusiasm when it comes to raising money!
"Each term we support two nominated charities, one chosen by our Junior School and one for our older pupils at The Close. This term we are supporting Lepra (Longdon) and Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes (Lichfield).
"During Wednesday’s assembly in the cathedral we were treated to a presentation by Ben Wilkes from Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes, which was both fascinating and informative. Mr Wilkes told us that the Blood Bikes are considered ‘the invisible emergency service’ because most patients will be unaware of their work during their time of need. They are a 24 hour service used by hospitals to collect and deliver emergency medical items, not just blood, for patients who are in need of urgent care. The service is staffed entirely by volunteers, both riders and call handlers, many of whom also have day jobs. They work through the night, if necessary, to do whatever is needed for the hospitals on their patch, which is rather a massive area! They cover parts of Cheshire, in addition to Shropshire and Staffordshire, and all the way down to Birmingham hospitals. They’ve been even been known to travel much further afield when the need arises – Bristol and Liverpool!
"Of course, all these good deeds cost a huge amount of money; the running of the motorcycles alone requires a lot of financial support. The Blood Bikes receive no government funding and they don’t take money from the NHS – their aim is to save our cash-strapped hospitals money, not cost them more. And that’s where we can help. Throughout this term, all of our fundraising activities will be directed towards our two charities but it would be utterly wonderful if you would like to make a donation directly. Don’t forget to tell them LCS sent you!"