The largest Blood Bike Group in the world

Paul Brook's dedication and vision has turned a small group of bikers into the largest Blood Bike Group in the world

Champions of Change

PDG Malcolm Baldwin on a Blood BikeHelping the community is in the blood of former traffic officer Paul Brooks from Clayton-le-Woods. His dedication and vision to turn a small group of bikers into North West Blood Bikes — the largest Blood Bike Group in the world (see photo of PDG Malolm Baldwin on a Blood Bike) — has earned him a top national award.

Paul has been selected as one of seven Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Community Champions to attend a glittering awards evening in Cardiff City Hall on 18th May.

As Chairman and Trustee of the charity, Paul heads a team of 300 riders who answer over 1,000 calls every month for the NHS. The service helps five hospital trusts in an area from South Lancashire up to, and including, the southerly tip of South Cumbria.

Paul and his wife have spent the last five years managing and building this charity through fundraising and talks to organisations and liaising with the local NHS Trusts. They support riders and controllers to administer the service, saving the NHS millions on emergency ‘out of hours’ transport costs.

The volunteers transport between hospitals a variety of urgent supplies, including blood, platelets, samples, donor breast milk, patient notes, theatre equipment, in fact anything that can be carried on a motorcycle.

Rotary in Cumbria and Lancashire recently presented a new liveried bike to the group, bringing the charity’s total of fleet bikes to 12. They are supplemented by other private motorcycles from the pool of volunteer riders.

District Governor of Rotary in the region Larry Branyan said: “Many organisations, alongside Rotary, do outstanding work for their communities. Few offer a potential life-saving service and the work by Paul and his dedicated team have quite rightly earned them national awards. Paul is a man of great dedication and vision.”

The Rotary award, which follows closely on the heels of the group receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the group equivalent of an MBE), will be presented by the Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Services Peter Kellner and RotaryGBI President Denis Spiller in the Welsh capital which this year celebrates the centenary of its first Rotary Club.