27 July 2016
At 23:03 on Tuesday 26th July, West rider Andy Livesey, with controller Sharon Johnson, completed the 25,000th run for North West Blood Bikes - Lancs & Lakes.read full story
05 July 2016
Members from North West Blood Bikes - Lancs & Lakes attended County Hall in Preston on 4th July 2016 to receive their Queens Award for Voluntary Services from Lord Shuttleworth KG KCVO Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire.read full story
25 June 2016
VERY SAD NEWS INDEED (North West Blood Bikes, Lancs & Lakes) This is a message which I never dreamt I would be writing, but I have to tell you that on Friday morning 24th June, one of our most prolific Blood Bike rider’s, friend and genuine GOOD GUY, passed away, suddenly. MARCELL FALLOON (57) Alison, his wife, phoned me to tell me the sad news and I have to say I was shocked to the core, and it took time to sink in. Marcel was such a genuine extremely good hearted man and would do anything for anyone. I have passed on our sincere condolences to Alison and family and I will keep everyone informed of what is happening. R.I.P. Marcel, you will be sorely missed. You can stand down now mate, Duty Done.read full story
24 June 2016
At 20:42 on Thursday 23rd June 2016, controller Sue Wolstenholme dispatched Central rider Niall Miller to Preston with the request to take some samples to Speke. This was the charities 24,000th run in a little over 4 years.read full story
22 June 2016
North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes is appealing for local votes as it strives for nationwide acclaim on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards.
The project beat off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes is competing against six other projects to be crowned the winner of the Health category. Winners of the seven National Lottery Awards categories will each get a £3,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony in London, broadcast on BBC One in September hosted by TV star and actor John Barrowman.read full story
13 June 2016
As many of you will know Volunteers’ Week took place between the 1st and 12th June. Here is a breakdown of what our volunteers have done during the 12 days.read full story
02 June 2016
Thursday 2nd June 2016, just over 4 years since NWBB Lancs & Lakes began operating, Her Majesty the Queen has bestowed her highest award for a voluntary group on us. This is the finest Thank You to all our volunteers we could ever dream of and it is down to the dedication of every single volunteer, be they Rider, Controller, Fundraisers, or ordinary Member and our Loyal supporters, which includes all our contacts at each of our Hospitals, especially Maria Burn and Alan Noyon at Royal Preston Hospital, who actually put us in for the award.read full story
25 May 2016
Yesterday, 24th May 2016, was a sad day, especially for Malachi’s family as it was his funeral and Last Ride. Malachi crashed and was killed whilst taking part in the North West 200 in Northern Ireland earlier this month.
Due to the expected number of mourners, either on bikes or cars or both, North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes was asked if we could help with marshalling.
Graham Miller, our Secretary, took this on board and liaised with both the Funeral Directors and Lancashire Constabulary and together we escorted and marshalled the final ride, with both Police bikes, our liveried bikes and with static marshall’s at certain junctions between Rivington Barn and the Crematorium at Chorley.
It was expected that there would be some 400 bikes and several cars, but the final number was not established, but there were far more than 400 stretching out for the best part of 1 mile. The route was also lined by pedestrians.
It has to be said that Graham Miller did a fantastic job in organising it and has accepted thanks for NWBB L&L from both the Funeral Home and Lancashire Constabulary. WELL DONE GRAHAM & ALL WHO HELPED.
R.I.P. MALACHI, I hope we did you proud. Our sincere Condolences to the family and friends.read full story
23 May 2016
Sunday 22nd May was quite a day. It started off with a scheduled Blue Light Course for seven more riders and whilst that was on we heard that we had just completed 23,000 call-outs. Controller Phil Russell and Rider Dave Bennett. Then at 17:42 nearing the end of her day shift, our oldest and dearest Controller Brenda Taylor received a call from Royal Preston Hospital asking if we could get an urgent sample to Birmingham City Hospital for analysis. After a few calls Brenda managed to get Bryan Evans to collect it and then arranged with Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes to meet up with Bryan at Keele Services on the M6 and they delivered it to Birmingham. Quite a day and thanks to SSBB for their help.read full story
10 May 2016
On Sunday 8th May 2016, exactly 4 years since NWBB Lancs & Lakes began, we held our 4th Annual General Meeting. This time at the Barton Grange Hotel, just north of Preston. The main items on the Agenda related to the state of the charity after 4 years of operating and the election of the Committee. Every single member was thanked for their dedication and it was said that in our first year May 2012 to May 2013 we responded to 812 calls and now 4 years later we have responded to more than 22,000, an amazing figure by any means and all down to the dedication of the members. Due to two Committee members leaving to set up a commercial business, most of 2015/16 had been run with only 5 Committee members instead of the ideal 7, and this was rectified at the AGM. Committee members for 2016/17 are as follows: Chair: Paul G Brooks JP (Trustee & Founder), Vice Chair: Lee Townsend, Treasurer: Haydn Williams (Trustee), Fleet: Andy Gilroy (Trustee), Secretary: Graham Miller, Control/Comms: Neil McCall, Manager Liaison: Kevin Sansom. Scott Miller (Trustee & Founder), previously the Vice Chair, handed over to Lee Townsend and was thanked for carrying the role over the past 10 months.read full story