Why I volunteer by Mark Tanner

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Why I volunteer…

 “I first heard about Northumbria Blood Bikes at a Bike Show with a mate (David Richardson). Both of us ended up volunteering for NBB soon afterwards, can’t remember exactly, but early 2014 probably. I joined because I think the work is essential, I wanted to give something back, I wanted to meet interesting people, and I love riding - what’s not to love?

Mainly I’m a rider at the moment, although a bit of fundraising and I ought to be a driver too. I do find it difficult to fit in volunteering, if I am honest, but I do what I can and when I can.

I can’t think of one thing - every shift has something good about it. No dramatic stories - sorry! Most memorable thing was probably the first time I tried to find the way into Durham hospital and ended up driving round and around car parks and roundabouts like a teenager practicing for a driving test. I am sure the patients and visitors must have thought I had nicked the bike or something!!

The one thing I would say to anyone thinking of joining as a volunteer is…Just do it!!

My name is Mark Tanner and that’s why I volunteer for Northumbria Blood Bikes.”

To sign up or for more information on the roles visit: http://www.northumbriabloodbikes.org.uk/support/volunteer