They decided to take on the challenge after learning that Northumbria Blood Bikes, which delivers essential blood and urgent medical supplies out of hours between hospitals and other healthcare sites in the North East, is funded entirely by charitable donations.
The group of eight included six members of staff and two residents – one using a wheelchair and one on foot – and their walk took them from Brockwell Court in Consett to the University Hospital of Durham, a full 12 miles away.
Following the walk, two Northumbria Blood Bikes volunteer riders visited the home to meet residents, tell them more about the charity and enjoy a fabulous Blood Bikes themed cake.
Brockwell Court Home Manager Natalie Graham said:
“We were put in touch with Northumbria Blood Bikes by a volunteer who helps at our regular Thursday coffee mornings here at the home, and when we heard about the vital service they perform we wanted to do our bit to help.
“My team took on the challenge with their usual enthusiasm and we’re particularly proud of our two residents, Marian Stephenson and Ann Wilkin who completed the walk. We’re absolutely delighted to have raised such a substantial sum to help Northumbria Blood Bikes make a difference in the community and are grateful to everyone for their sponsorship.”
Kirsty Lawrence from Northumbria Blood Bikes said:
“We were astonished to find out about the challenge the residents and staff were undertaking on behalf of our charity. Their dedication and commitment to supporting us makes us extremely proud of the communities we are helping. A simple thank you does not seem to cover how grateful we are for their efforts and the money raised is greatly appreciated. The funds will enable us to help improve the health care of countless people so it’s not just us as a charity that will be benefiting.
Not only that but our volunteers, John Watts and Nigel Barlow, who attended their recent coffee morning thoroughly enjoyed the amazing Northumbria Blood Bike cake that they had made especially for the occasion.
Together we are able to continue to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Date published: 11 October 2018
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