Why I volunteer by Alan Dalgarno

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Why I volunteer…

“I joined the charity right at the beginning, in fact at the very first meeting to discuss how we can form Northumbria Blood Bikes and bring it to fruition. I am a Rider, Driver and Fundraiser. I enjoy whichever part I’m involved with such as engaging with the staff at the hospitals and the general public at various events. NBB fits in very well with my life as there’s so much flexibility with it I can offer my services as and when needed to fit in without any impact on my day to day life. There’s a lot of good things I’ve experienced since joining not only the enjoyment of riding bikes, as I’ve ridden bikes since the age of 16, but knowing and feeling that I’m contributing to help the NHS in what they do helping people in need. I’m also proud of the fact that we now have Ambulance station bases, which along with Gary Annan, we instigated the development and use of these base’s. This has been a tremendous improvement for our service and the members, as before this we all had to changeover at each other’s home’s at a greater cost to both NBB and the volunteers. I’ve had lots of memorable moments with NBB not only as a rider but whilst out on fundraising events. One especially I remember is being approached by a Dad with his young son, aged about 7 years old, he explained that his son was in the RVI and needed a lot of blood whilst the doctors were fighting to save his life. He said that NBB were ferrying back and forth from the Blood transplant unit to the RVI.  That was a great and proud feeling seeing him there with his now healthy young lad. I enjoy being part of a team doing what we do as a charity helping others. What I would say to anyone thinking of joining is stop thinking, do it. Join in, be part of this great group, there’s plenty of members willing to help and advise.

My name is Alan Dalgarno and that’s why I volunteer for Northumbria Blood Bikes.”

To sign up or for more information on the roles visit: http://www.northumbriabloodbikes.org.uk/support/volunteer