Staff at Greggs, Balliol Park Industrial Estate, chose Northumbria Blood Bikes as their charity of the year for 2016. The colleagues have raised enough to fuel the charities full fleet for one month. This will enable Northumbria Blood Bikes to complete around 1,000 jobs they receive every month.
After a year of fundraising through coffee mornings, cake sales and a TUC shop the staff proudly handed over a cheque for £3,569. Another ingenious way they raised funds was through selling car parking spaces to employees to have a space near to the building. All their hard work has paid off and the money raised will go towards helping Northumbria Blood Bikes to save lives.
Rachael Dorward, Greggs PLC Product & Process Development, said: “Supporting local charities has always been a passion for Balliol, especially when that charity is made up of volunteers giving up their own time to provide help to others. This is so true of Northumbria Blood Bikes, their continued support and dedication to the NHS is humbling – this is just one of the reasons they were chosen as our Charity of The Year 2016. We always try to find new and exciting ways to fundraise and last year brought about more than we have ever organised before; coffee mornings, Easter egg competitions, raffles, a monthly lottery syndicate, bake sales, craft making and selling as well as the introduction of an all-proceeds to charity on site TUC shop which has been a huge success. It has been an absolute pleasure raising funds for such a worthy cause. Keep up the fantastic work NBB and good luck for the future.”
Photograph from left to right:
Andy Watson, Rachael Dorward, Stuart Nicholson, Lynn Thompson and Rachael Stocks.
Kirsty Lawrence, Publicity Officer for Northumbria Blood Bikes, said: “With the demand for our volunteer run service increasing, the number of jobs we carry out each month, means we need to fund more fuel. This money is enough to cover the cost of fueling our entire fleet for a month; which is potentially saving hundreds of lives of people in the North East. We really appreciate the hard work the staff at Greggs Balliol Park has put into raising funds for us and want to say a big thank you to everyone involved.”