Why I volunteer by Derek Farrow

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Why I volunteer…

“I heard about Northumbria Blood Bikes from volunteer rider Adam Morris and joined in November 2016.

Many years ago my mother was diagnosed with cancer and was really ill, she was given blood transfusions which made her feel well for a while, after her passing I decided to donate my blood so others would feel well as repayment for my mother’s care.

I suffered a heart attack a while ago and they could not take my blood due to medication I was taking, so what next.... delivering blood seemed a good idea. I volunteer for a few roles such as rider, driver, controller and fundraiser.

At present I’m finding time a little hard for full commitment due to a new job but I can still manage two shifts a month as required.

My most memorable moment would be the praise from the public and the charity winning Queens Award for Voluntary Service last year.

If you’re thinking of joining it is a worthwhile cause and its fun.

My name is Derek Farrow 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