Around 20:00 hrs on Saturday the 5th May 2018 a volunteer rider for NWBB L&L was involved in a serious road accident on the A683 at junction 34 of the M6 Motorway. The rider, Russell Curwen, was transporting very urgent samples from Westmorland General Hospital to Lancaster Blood Sciences when he was in collision with a car.
Russell was taken by Air Ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital where he subsequently died of his injuries.
Russell had been a member of NWBB L&L for just over two and a half years and was a very active member. He was a warm, friendly and affable man well-liked and respected by his colleagues, who gave his spare time to help others.
The 360 plus members of the Charity are deeply saddened by this news and their heartfelt condolences go out to Russell’s parents and family. No further details are currently available whilst the Police conduct their investigation.
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We aim to provide a totally free, but professional, voluntary service, out of normal working hours for the transportation of Urgent and Emergency items, e.g. blood, platelets, samples, donor breast milk, patient notes, theatre equipment, in fact anything that can be carried by motorcycle, solely for the benefit of the publicly funded emergency services and the patients being treated by them, within the NHS Hospitals.
We will provide this service through the night, and 24 hours per day at weekends and Bank Holidays, to the best of our ability, enabling hospital funding to be better spent on patient care.
We started operating in May 2012 and as the counter shows the number of call outs we are completing is growing exponentially. Your help in doing this is always appreciated.Please Donate Here.
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12 May 2018
The funeral of our dear lost friend and colleague Russell Curwen will take place on Friday 18th May 2018. The church service will be held at Kendal Parish Church at 12:15pm (Kirkland, Kendal. LA9 5AF) and at Beetham Crematorium at 2pm (Beetham, Milnthorpe LA7 7BQ) If you are attending and wish to travel by car there is a public car park, named Peppercorn, just past the church on the right-hand side, but please be aware there will be a mini-bus with NWBBLL members on board and several Blood Bike Cars needing to park on there. If you can park elsewhere it would be appreciated.read full story
11 May 2018
On Tuesday evening I was heading to my scheduled Blood Bike talk with a small degree of trepidation after the sudden loss of one of our colleagues Russ Curwen only 3 days before. However as I arrived with Colm Carton our Central Area Manager the welcome we received from Dot and the rest of the ladies of Spendmore Lane Friendship Hour diminished any concerns within seconds. I don’t believe Colm had chance to even get off his bike before getting a great big hug!read full story
20 April 2018
ASDA have yet again done us proud with their support of North West Blood Bikes. We have been very fortunate over the last few months in many stores across the region being chosen by customers to win the green token scheme. Chorley ASDA store is no exception to this and on Saturday 14th April we were privileged to be presented with a cheque for £500.read full story
You can always read our Newsletters here to see what we are doing and who is supporting us. If you think you can help, come and join us. You don’t have to be able to ride a bike, although we constantly need riders, you can join us as a Controller, which basically means you stay at home and receive re-directed calls from any of our Hospitals. Then it’s a case of looking on the Duty sheets and sending a rider to do the run, or you can join us as a Fundraiser.
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Wednesday 23 May 2018 - 10:00 AM.
Sunday 27 May 2018 - 9:05 PM.
The flagship show returns to Nelson & Colne College on Sunday 27th May 2018.
Gate entry is £5 with accompanied under 12’s free.
Wednesday 30 May 2018 - 7:30 PM.
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