Northumbria Blood Bikes has welcomed its newest addition to the fleet thanks to the support of customers and colleagues at M&S Arnison Centre Durham. Back in 2018 volunteer Steven Laws had a chance meeting with colleagues about the possibility of holding a door collection. From there colleagues voted to choose the charity of the year for 2018/2019 and NBB came out tops.
Over the past 12 months volunteers and colleagues have been busy fundraising in the store at the Arnison Centre. Customers were always so generous and NBB even saw their largest one day collection amount raised which was over £1,700; helping to bring the total raised to £9,120. Today volunteers were proud to present the bike purchased with the funds raised and everybody got a glimpse of ‘Arnie’ for the first time.
This is NBB’s second ever semi-automatic Yamaha FJR to join the fleet. The vehicle model has come a long way from the previous NBB had a few years ago. Bringing another automatic bike back into the fleet will enable those that are unable to ride a manual bike a chance to give their time to the charity.
Vivienne Halliday, M&S Arnison Centre Durham Store Manager, said: “A pure chance meeting lead to colleagues voting for NBB as their choice of charity of the year. The store’s chosen charity means so much to colleagues as they get to select a local cause to support. Being able to then name the bike ‘Arnie’ gives them ownership of how they have helped a local charity.”
Kirsty Lawrence, Volunteer Publicity Officer for Northumbria Blood Bikes, said: “Any donation amount means a great deal to the charity and this store’s customers have truly overwhelmed us with their generosity. Thank you to everybody for their continued support and of course it has to be said because of the bike’s name...We’ll be back! Hasta la Vista”.