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Cash boost for Norfolk Blood Bikes

Cash boost for Norfolk Blood Bikes

Published by KLFM
9:00am 9th July 2020.

Norfolk Blood Bikes has received a cash boost from Downham Rotary.

Rotary secretary Shaun Button was instrumental in encouraging Downham Rotary to contribute funds to Norfolk Blood Bikes.  

After lobbying members he has been successful in raising £1,700 from the membership which has now been donated.   

Norfolk Blood Bikes transport blood, plasma, platelets, samples, vaccines, donor breast milk and any other urgently required medical items to hospitals in Norfolk as well as to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Of late they have been kept extra busy carrying Covid 19 testing samples between hospitals and laboratories.

Norfolk Blood Bikes is a voluntary organisation.  There is no cost to the NHS - Norfolk Blood Bikes rely entirely on donations to keep them on the road.  All the riders are volunteers but even in spite of this they need £4,000 per month to keep the service running.

Rotary Blood Bike

Pictured are, from the left, Rotary secretary Shaun Button, Martin Calvert centre, and Howard Phillips, right, current Downham Rotary President who all met Tuesday (7 July) suitably socially distanced,

Downham Market Rotary continues to support local good causes in spite of the restrictions in place due the current pandemic.  

Howard Phillips said:

"Of our biggest problems was not being able to get together to socialise and discuss what we are aiming to achieve.  We have substituted 'Zoom' meetings online while we can't meet physically which are quite effective.  Details of our meetings over the next couple of months are on the 'club meetings' page on our website and we welcome non-members who wish to join in or who, indeed, might like to think about joining Rotary."