WARWICKSHIRE & SOLIHULL
RIDING TO SAVE LIVES
WSBB was formed by a group of Warwickshire Bikers in 2011 who recognised that their passion for riding could be put to good use in the service of the local community. Originally named Warwickshire Freewheelers, its operating statement was “To relieve sickness and protect health” by the provision of transporting urgently needed blood, drugs, human tissue and other medical requirements between hospitals and blood transfusion banks, primarily but not exclusively in Coventry, Warwickshire and the surrounding areas.
A Service Level Agreement (SLA) was put in place with University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, and with the support of Triumph Motorcycles who provided two bikes to the charity at no cost, the service began operating in July 2012. They provided deliveries between 7pm and 6am on weekdays and 24 hours per day at weekends and bank holidays.
In 2014 the group became a registered charity and amalgamated with Touchwood Emergency Riders Service based in Solihull and was renamed Warwickshire & Solihull Blood Bikes to reflect this development.
Currently WSBB has over 130 members all of whom are volunteers. They contribute by riding, driving, controlling & fundraising.
On the 13th July 2021 the group completed its 12,000 delivery, saving the NHS an estimated £900,000 during its 9 years of service.
The service is recognised as being of critical value to the NHS and its patients, but it depends on the significant investment of time by its volunteers. The NHS does not pay anything to receive the service, all funds are raised by the members from public donations. Riders and Drivers are willing to be called out at all times and in all weathers to make urgent deliveries and they in turn depend on their controller who co-ordinates the incoming jobs.
As mentioned, none of this would be possible without the enormous fundraising effort which provides the financial backing to keep the fleet of bikes and cars on the road.