Rotary presents new Blood Bike named ‘Sheila’ to SERV OBN

New bike for the local branch of Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers

Rotary President Tom Green, together with club members, handing over Sheila’s keys to SERV OBN Chairman Kamran Irani

Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club proudly presented on 18th May a brand new specially equipped Yamaha FJR 1300 Authority ‘Blood Bike’ to SERV OBN, the local branch of the national charity Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers, which covers Oxon, Bucks, Berks and Northants. In line with the SERV tradition of naming their bikes after distinguished women in the field of medicine, the Rotary bike bears the name ‘Sheila’, after Sheila Kitzinger MBE, a highly respected authority on natural childbirth.  

SERV volunteers are fully qualified and experienced motor cyclists who are available on a standby rota basis to provide a rapid response transport service to collect and deliver urgent supplies of blood, platelets, baby milk and other important medical items between hospitals and health premises anywhere in the country out of normal hours, often during the night, and totally free of charge to the NHS.

At the handover, Rotary club President Tom Green commented “This Blood Bike represents the culmination of 15 months of our latest fundraising project and we are so grateful for all the public support in helping us achieve our £14,000 target.”

In response, Kamran Irani, the Chairman of SERV OBN said “This bike will be a most valuable addition to our fleet and enable us to continue helping to meet the needs of patients and medical staff requiring urgent supplies. Our sincere thanks go to Rotary for their tremendous efforts in making this possible”.

Mike Thomas
Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary
3rd July 2018

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