WF2018 Charity: Bloodrunners
The Bloodrunners – SERV Herts and Beds is a registered charity, that is entirely funded by voluntary donations, and by the generosity of the volunteers themselves who freely give their time and fuel. It began operations in the two counties on 10th January 2009, with the Bedford General Hospital as its first “customer”. It now serves most hospitals in Herts & Beds, with Watford, and Luton & Dunstable being the latest to make use of the service, and also provides support to four Hospices and to the Southern UK Human Donor Milk Bank at Queen Charlotte & Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith, the Hearts Human Donor Milk Bank at Welwyn Garden City and their donors.
Bloodrunners is staffed by around 50 Rider/Driver volunteers who pay £25 each to join, and receive no remuneration, meeting all their own fuel and servicing costs. They are supported by 15 Controllers who take the calls from the hospitals, assign jobs to the riders/drivers and monitor their progress. All volunteers must undergo route training and GMP training (blood handling), the latter being refreshed annually. In addition, all motorcycle riders and car drivers must take an independent on-road assessment by a Police Class 1 assessor.
In 2017 the Charity supported the NHS by making, completely free of charge, over 1400 night-time Blood and sample shipments, and over 300 Donor Milk shipments, covering more than 10,000 miles in the process.