Volunteers' Week - Humbled

This week it’s National Volunteers’ Week in the UK, an annual event which takes place on 1-7 June.  It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.  We want to share the stories of some of the volunteers we are proud to work with.  Meet the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes.

By John Stepney, Chairman -The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes

Humbled.  It’s a word that I have felt compelled to use more and more over the last 9 years, since I became involved with the blood bike community.  The individual dedication and commitment demonstrated time after time by the volunteers is awe inspiring.

Although their roots go back over half a century to the early 60s, no one seems to have heard of them.  It’s puzzling, as their 1,500 volunteers responded to around 39,000 requests for urgent transport for some medical product last year alone, so it’s not exactly a minor player.  All of this was provided free of charge to the NHS.  As we enter ‘National Volunteers’ week’ I feel honoured to have been part of the blood bike service rollout across the UK since NABB was formed in 2008 to represent the blood bike community.

Having travelled the world in my time, I’m immensely proud of the part that all volunteers play in UK society, probably more so than in most other countries. Their contribution is crucial to the delivery of so many services, from Coast Guard to Community First Responders and Blood Donors to Blood Bikers.

Like so many other charities, The Nationwide Association on Blood Bikes compete for funding along with other equally deserving causes.  To find out more about what we do, please visit our website Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and Face Book pages. Have you got what it takes to volunteer?  Contact the NABB for more information

Thank you for taking the time to read this and remember, one day we may have the ride of your life.  #volunteersweek

Hear more on the NABB from Jeff Parris, Programme Director at O2.