Motogp Testing ‘We make no charge or receive any money for our services’
Peter Greenwood Volunteer Blood Runner at SERV SSL, is helping to save lives with every ride
“When I retired, I joined the Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers, Surrey & South London (SERV SSL) as a way of giving back to the community and to give myself a reason to ride.
“I’m 64 in a couple of days and having commuted on a BSA since the 1970s, I use either my 1967 Bantam or heavily modified 1954 Gold Star as a blood bike. Although most calls are ‘Class 2’ (where delivery is requested by a specific time) I used the Bantam for an emergency run as recently as December 21. Generally we don’t know what the delivery is or why we are making it, but the most common reasons for an emergency call are new mothers with heavy blood loss or uncontrolled bleeders – the latter was the reason for the emergency run on the Bantam. Arriving at the hospital to hear a technician on his mobile walking in behind saying, ‘It’s just being delivered and will be up there in 10 minutes’ underlined the fact that people really are counting on you. “SERV SSL delivered 5100 products in 2016, serving 12 hospitals (two with major trauma centres) and the Surrey Air Ambulance. The regional blood centre at Tooting is also within our region so we work with SERV Kent and Sussex, taking their blood products and samples to transfer points for onward delivery. As volunteers we make no charge and don’t get paid for our services and, as a charity, SERV SSL is entirely dependent upon donations. I organise an annual SERV gathering at the Ace Cafe to raise awareness and funds, and provide an opportunity for our many riders to meet up – there are currently 130 on our books. This year’s will take place on Sunday, June 4.”
‘I use either my 1967 BSA Bantam or 1954 Gold Star’