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

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“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’

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