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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.

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Why I volunteer by Debbie Todd

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Why I volunteer…

“I first heard about Northumbria Blood Bikes when I was asked to run a photo booth at a fundraising Ball. I joined as a volunteer fundraiser in 2015 because I wanted to make a different. I’m a single parent so I volunteer when my son is away from home as it keeps me busy.

Volunteering has introduced me to many new people. It has encouraged me to complete my CBT and start learning to ride a motorbike.

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Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2017

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Northumbria Blood Bikes, a registered charity established by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospitals and healthcare sites in North East England, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2017, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and the equivalent of an MBE.

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Warkworth

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In our latest edition of the newsletter we announced our newest addition to our fleet would be called Warkworth. Here's a glimpse of our newest bike. Volunteers that plan on attending our members photo shoot on Sunday will get their first opportunity to see the bike first hand.

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TSB Bank Local Charity Partners Nominations

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We need you to nominate us for the next TSB Bank Local Charity Partners 2017/2018. Each of their branches will pick one local cause from the top three eligible organisations with the highest number of nominations. The new partnerships will then start on 4 September 2017 and will also run for 12 months.

To make your nominations, simply head to this form at http://www.tsb.co.uk/charity-nomination-form/ – nominations close on Wednesday 24 May at 5pm.

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Not our usual delivery

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Today at 4am Malcolm Farley had arrived at Wansbeck General Hospital to find a lady in the car park who was in the final stages of labour. As the hospital isn't open to public Malcolm stepped in to offer his assistance and helped to deliver a beautiful baby girl! Of course in true blood biker style the delivery was completed in under an hour. Malcolm stayed with mother and baby until an ambulance arrived to take her to a nearby hospital. Both we hear are doing well!

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Dobbies Ponteland proudly celebrate handing over a brand new blood bike

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Staff at Dobbies, Ponteland, chose Northumbria Blood Bikes as their charity of the year for 2016 and 2017. Throughout 2016 colleagues at the store welcomed Northumbria Blood Bike volunteers into their store and through the generosity of their customers successfully raised enough money to bike a new addition to the charities fleet.

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