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Project information

Bloodbikes Flying high with the Air Ambulance

To ensure the key life saving nightly delivery of blood on board capability to two local air ambulance bases in order to serve the local NHS communities, can be maintained through 2019 and beyond and the service expanded further from our blood bike volunteers.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service (weston)

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  • Need


    Each night a 100+ mile round trip takes place to deliver special blood products to Wiltshire Air Ambulance and blood plus FFP (plasma) to Great Western Air Ambulance. This takes place on fully liveried blood bikes EVERY night of the year. We want to ensure our key link in this chain from NHS to Freewheelers Blood bikes to air ambulances to the local community who require critical care at the roadside can continue to be met.


    This project will ensure the funds are put in place to keep the blood bike fleet operational 365 days of the year by covering the operational costs of regularly servicing the blood bikes to ensure they are fit for purpose and rider safety, plus the fuel and tyres used to cover the distances. The full cost of providing our life saving link in the chain is upto £15k pa and we would love the project to cover 1/3rd of those costs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Future proof the capability of delivering our life saving service 365 nights of the year.


    » Ensure the blood bikes are fully equipped to carry the blood and plasma to the two air ambulances incl. purchases of any specialist transport items
    » Ensure the blood bikes are regularly serviced for rider safety and to be on call 365 nights a year to deliver the life saving service

    What success will look like

    Both Air ambulances will have a supply of blood on board 24/7 throughout the year in order to treat the critically injured at the scene.

  • Impact


    Long term, our key link in this life saving chain from NHS to Blood bikes to the air ambulance will save more lives. It has already been proven that 80% of those given blood at the scene have survived to hospital. Regular reviews with the air ambulance charities will give feedback on how we have played our part and the impact on the local communities. It will also allow us to explore additional opportunities such as daytime emergency replenishment for major incidents.


    Bikes being unfit for service, however we have a relief bike factored into our capability to ensure a spare would be available.

    Bad weather when unsafe to ride a blood bike, our volunteers agree to use their own transport to ensure the delivery will be made and no impact on the service


    We will use social media, updates on our website and local media opportunties to update our donors. We can also offer to send a copy of our newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 equipment To ensure bloodbike transportation equipment is fit for purpose
      £2,200 Service costs To ensure rider safety through regualr service of bloodbikes
      £2,300 Mileage costs Fuel cost of transporting blood on a 100 mile round trip every night
  • Background


    Freewheelers operates across the South West. but this specific project focusses on Bristol where the blood and plasma is collected and delivered to the Great Western Air Ambulance base at Almondsbury and Semington where the Wiltshire Air Ambulance is based.
    Both areas have a large residential population and large tourism industries both of whom are served by the air ambulance and therefore us. In addition to the local NHS hospitals and hospices we also serve in those areas.


    All potential recipients of the critical care service available on an air ambulance. this will include the local residents of the community and the influx of tourists staying or passing through the areas we serve. It could even be our own volunteers or their family and friends when not riding a bloodbike.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity is located in Bristol where the Southmead NHS hospital that supplies the blood is based, we can quickly collect and replenish blood and plasma for the Great Western Air ambulance also located in Bristol, then set off on the 100 mile round trip to deliver to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The route is shaped like a heart reflecting the passion our volunteers have for this service. All are trained in handling of supplies & are advanced riders to make our service efficient and effective.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pete Michael

    Bike Maintenance Officer and will ensure the blood bikes used to provide the life saving service are fit for purpose and correctly equipped.

    Melanie Rowbottom

    Chairperson and key interface with the air ambulance ops teams and NHS to ensure service provided and reviewed. Plus promotes social media awareness.