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Could you join our team to support this winter?

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The winter months are here again, with the darker nights already upon us, and we have already seen the first cold flurries of the white stuff. What does this mean for us as a charity?

During this season we rely on car drivers a tad more to keep our service running. When the roads become slippery we have a duty of care to our riders and call our drivers into action. Not only that but below 3 degrees we cannot transport whole blood on bikes so our drivers are an integral part of continuous service in the winter.

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Newest addition to our fleet

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Today we selected our newest addition to the fleet in replacement of our kangoo which unfortunately suffered a serious mechanical problem. We have purchased a Skoda Octavia Scout, this is a used ambulance responder vehicle, which will be our second automatic car in the fleet. This will put us back to a full compliment of cars in preparation for the winter months ahead. After some small graphic changes, such as green to orange, we expect her to slot straight into our operational fleet.

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Volunteer Christmas Party

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In December some of our volunteers have organised a Christmas party and have been busy getting things in place for a good old knees up. After all they deserve it!

We would like to say thank you to the local businesses who have kindly donated prizes to the raffle they will be having on the evening:

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Northumbria Blood Bikes bags £4,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

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Northumbria Blood Bikes are delighted to announce they have bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Our volunteers were delighted to be invited to Tesco Durham Extra for a cheque handover with the store’s Community Champion Joanne Reay. The store has been extremely supportive of our charity over the past few years and this money will enable us to purchase a new Blood Bike.

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Newest fleet addition

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This week we purchased our new fleet vehicle, a BMW R1200RT, thanks to the funding we received from The Kavli Trust. We will be announcing its official name once it has its blood bike livery and graphics. Watch this space for further news on our newest addition to the fleet. 

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Northumbria Blood Bikes calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

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Northumbria Blood Bikes is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. 
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Northumbria Blood Bikes is one of the groups on the shortlist.

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Octagon's retirement

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Today we retired Octagon, (centre of the photograph with the three bikes), from active service and our volunteers almost had a tear in their eyes.

While Octagon may be retiring for active service she is going to be an ambassador for Northumbria Blood Bikes and NABB at the Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield.

In addition we have also been invited to the opening of this new exhibition and Blood Bike Volunteers will get in for free any time of the year (just need to show ID cards).

Here’s a bit of Octagon’s history:

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