Why I volunteer by Deborah Owen

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Why I volunteer…

“I first heard of Northumbria Blood Bikes on social media when a call was put out for volunteers. I joined up as a volunteer in August 2018 as a controller, as I was able to help from home, but I have also been helping with fundraising.

I work full time 9 to 5 so I find it easiest to volunteer for the Saturday day or evening shifts. I'll work the week day evening shifts when I have days off from my work so I don't have to worry about getting home in time.

The best thing I’ve experienced since joining is the camaraderie with the riders and drivers when we are working the shifts. My car broke down when driving to the shift controller and induction meeting; I received a text from a committee member to check if I was OK and to confirm that I got home. It was the point where I realised that I was now part of something bigger and that both me and my contribution actually mattered.

If you think that you need to be part of the motorcycle community to be a member, think again, I'm evidence of that I didn't have a clue.

My name is Deborah Owen 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