‘It’s grown way be­yond what we ever imag­ined’

Paul Brooks is one of the founders, and cur­rent Chair­man, of the North West Blood Bikes

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“I’m one of four founders, but I’m the only one that’s left. I saw an ad­vert on TV and it showed a blood biker, but there were none in the North of Eng­land at all. I made some in­quiries and there were two other guys in­ter­ested in start­ing a group too.

“I met up with them at Riv­ing­ton Barn, on the out­skirts of Bolton, and re­ally the rest is his­tory. That was in Au­gust 2011. An­other guy came along and we started the ball rolling.

“We run at night dur­ing the week and all week­ends when other peo­ple don’t. In our first year we did 812 runs in 12 months. Now we are av­er­ag­ing 10,000 to 11,000 a year. It’s grown way be­yond what we ever imag­ined it would do and that’s sim­ply be­cause we do it for noth­ing!

“You don’t have to be a rider to join ei­ther – you can be a con­troller. All you need is a land­line, mo­bile and a com­puter and you can re­ceive calls from the hos­pi­tals and know ex­actly which rid­ers are avail­able in each area. Be­cause we are so large, we’ve had to split into five ar­eas.

“At the last count, there were 356 mem­bers. Ap­prox­i­mately 200 of those are rid­ers, but I’m not sure ex­actly. We have about 50 or 60 con­trollers and then the rest are fund rais­ers.

“We rely purely on do­na­tions. We’ve had two grants from the Na­tional Lot­tery and we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice.” ■ If you’d like to find out more about the North West Blood Bikes team, join the group, or do­nate – visit www. nwbb-lancs.org.

ÔAT the last count, there were 356 mem­bers. 200 of those are rid­ers’

Seven days a week, 365 days a year, th­ese folks are ready and wait­ing to help

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