We provide a Free 'Out of Hours' Transportation Service to the NHS and Hospices throughout Yorkshire

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Run by Passionate Volunteers

Despite having Full Time Jobs, many of our members consistently give their spare time to help run and maintain what is a truly worthwhile charity, and an organisation who are intent on making a difference to the Health Organisations throughout Yorkshire.

Saving the NHS Money

We estimate that for each £1 received in donations to the Whiteknights, the NHS will save at least £5. Our volunteers provide the NHS and Hospices with an out of hours service which not only saves a substantial amount of money, but money that can be passed on to provide funding for more appropriate frontline patient care.

In need of an Emergency Delivery?

If you are an organisation who don’t yet have an SLA in place with us, but require emergency assistance or for us to act as a relay with another Blood Bike Group, please either call our Emergency Dispatch Call Centre: Telephone: 01733 741948 or our Chairman, Andrew Foster Mobile: 07970 224420

What we do and why:

During normal working hours, the NHS and Charitable Health Organisations use their own transportation systems to move Blood, Plasma, Tissue Samples, Documentation and other vital supplies between Hospitals, Hospices and Supply Centres.

Out of hours these systems are not available, and the reliance falls upon Private Hire Taxi Companies, Couriers and in exceptional circumstances, Emergency Services such as the Police or Ambulance Service.

This is a huge cost to the NHS and Charitable Health Organisations and this is where the Whiteknights Service Provision comes into its own. Our volunteers provide an out of hours service which not only saves a substantial amount of money, but money that can be passed on to provide more appropriate frontline patient care. We estimate that for each £1 received in donations to the Whiteknights, the NHS will save at least £5.

We are just one of many Charitable Associations that provide a similar service around the United Kingdom and we are governed and overseen by the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes NABB who share our mission to provide reliable, free and high quality provision to NHS trusts and hospices throughout the UK.

Our service is Free of Charge and operates out of hours through the night, Monday to Thursday 7pm to 7am and Friday 7pm all the way through the weekend until 7am Monday morning. We operate a Full 24hr Service during Bank Holidays including the Festive Period (Christmas and Boxing Day) and New Year’s Day.

Despite having Full Time Jobs, many of our members still give their spare time to help run and maintain what is a truly worthwhile charity, and an organization who are intent on making a difference.

The Importance of Fundraising

Fundraising is an essential part to any charity and Whiteknights is no exception to the rule. We have a fleet of 7 bikes to continuously run and maintain, with an approximate cost of £5-6k per bike annually. Donations either large or small are always gratefully received.

Since the charity was set up in 2008, we have seen significant growth to our service with major NHS trusts and Hospices seeing the huge benefit of our service provision in the Yorkshire Region.

Our mission is to further develop our offering and to maintain a professional and reliable ‘out of hours service’ to aid and assist the overstretched NHS in Yorkshire. This is a huge undertaking for our charity as we rely solely on the huge generosity of the general public, local businesses that support us and our own members.

We continually strive to find new ways of improving the service to our customers and even the way we raise the funds to support and run it. We therefore are always looking for suggestions or innovative ideas.

Coming Soon… Announcing the appearance of Whiteknights Angels

06

Oct

Sponsored Rowers Raise funds

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Our thanks to Kay and Eunice for successfully completing a 12-hour endurance row-athon event to raise funds for Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

The two ladies rotated in half-hour rowing sessions from 9am to 9pm.

In this video clip Eunice speaks at the half-way stage of their efforts.

17

Aug

Laboratory Managers at Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, thank Whiteknights for their service on Blood Bike Day

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

In this short film, Laboratory Manager, Paul Finner discusses the work of the Lab and the contribution Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes Volunteers make.

17

Aug

Volunteer Blood Biker Brian spends his birthday transporting Breast Milk from the Special Care Baby Unit at York.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

17

Aug

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes support Hospitals and Hospices.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

On Blood Bike Awareness Day 2019 we recognise our support for the UK’s Hospice network.

We are authorised to transport Controlled Drugs and Pharmacy items to Hospices throughout Yorkshire.

In this short film Dan Bastow, Charge Nurse at St Leonards Hospice, describes the invaluable contribution Whiteknights make to the care of their patients.

17

Aug

NHS Trust Chairman thanks Whiteknights Volunteers for their service.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

At our Blood Bike Awareness Day 2019 media event at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, in an unprecedented move, The Chairman of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Philip Lewer, was joined by colleagues of Pathology and Blood Sciences to applaud Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes and to thank them for their service.

14

Aug

National Blood Bike Awareness Day 2019

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

It’s almost here: National Blood Bike Awareness Day Friday 16th August.

We have media events in Huddersfield, York and Sheffield throughout the day. Watch this space!

24

Jun

Whiteknights acheive 1000 mile ride in 24 hours

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Well we did it!!

1,018.1 miles in 21hours and 30 minutes. Many thanks to everyone who supported the Whiteknights and our Iron Butt Challenge – Andy, Martin, Maurice, Micheal, Laurence and Rob.

Here they are pictured at John O’Groats.

15

Jun

Iron Butt Assoc UK donate to Whiteknights

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Congratulations to the 150 participants completing the Royal British Legion 1000 Mile Iron Butt Association UK event this weekend. WKYBB would like to express our sincere thanks to the Iron Butt Association UK for their generous donation to support us.

Pictured with WKYBB West Yorkshire Manager, Andy Dickens is Graeme Dawson, and President of IBA UK, Philip Weston.

10

May

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes takes Superbug fighting transplant relay to Scarborough.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes have this morning been deployed to join a national relay to convey a pioneering treatment to tackle the habitual re-infection of patients suffering from the antibiotic resistant super bug, Clostridium Difficile.

In a pioneering treatment project led by Birmingham University’s School of Immunity and Infection, patients having not recovered following three-courses of antibiotics are being given Faecal Microbiota Transplants to save them from the potentially life-threatening infection.

Scientists claim a success rate in excess of 90% of patients treated, recover quickly and break the cycle of re-infection. The “good” bacteria compete against the Clostridium Difficile in the patient’s gut and returns them to health.

There are currently fewer than 5 patients in the UK with the rare super-bug fighting Gastrointestinal bacteria that is being transplanted into other patients.

This is the first time the voluntary blood bike service in this region has been called upon to deliver a liquid stool sample for the benefit of patients who are mostly elderly, post-surgery and with a chronic health condition.

 Originating at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, a volunteer Advanced-Qualified rider from Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes received the treatment sample from the rider from Staffordshire, Shropshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes at Hartshead Moor Services; before conveying it to Scarborough General Hospital.

Chairman of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Andrew Foster, said this morning: “Many people who work within the healthcare industry are all too familiar with the impact of Clostridium Difficile bacteria – ranging from diarrhoea to an alarming mortality rate amongst the elderly.

“We are delighted to continue to support Yorkshire patients and the NHS by making this important delivery, free of charge by our dedicated volunteers.”

Pictured handing over the FMT sample for the first time in Yorkshire is Frank Evans (SSCBB) and David Hardcastle (WKYBB)

09

May

Whiteknights Volunteers take on the Iron Butt Challenge to ride 1000 miles in 24hrs

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

This June six intrepid Advanced-Qualified Volunteer Blood Bikers will take on an Iron Butt Saddle Sore Challenge to raise funds for Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

Using their own motorcycles the six riders from West Yorkshire will ride from Mirfield to Thurso and John o’Groats – a distance of 511 miles.
They will then ride back again to complete 1000 miles within 24 hours.

Please support the riders: Andy Dickens, Martin Garside, Maurice Greenwood, Rob Helliwell, Michael Loban, Laurence Turner.

They are taking on this formidable challenge to raise funds for the on-going charitable work of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

Please give generously and watch out for updates on the riders progress during the weekend of the 22/23 june 2019.

Here’s a video with further information about the Whiteknights Volunteers taking on the Iron Butt Challenge to ride 1000 miles in 24hrs in June this year.

Please donate to support them at our special event Just Giving page.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundrai…/whiteknightsironbutt2019

Do you want to become a Rider or Driver with Whiteknights?

Riders and drivers are the lifeblood of our organisation, without them we couldn't exist. We are always keen to hear from new prospective riders or drivers. However, before contacting us, we request that you confirm that you fulfil the following essential requirements in order to ride or drive for us:

  • Aged over 30
  • No more than 6 penalty points on your licence
  • Full motorcycle / driving licence (as applicable)
  • Advanced IAM / RoSPA / Police qualification for car or motorcycle (as applicable)
  • Live within 8-10 miles of the locations we serve (See below)
  • Willing to work as a volunteer on a set shift pattern over 3-4 day periods covering overnight (7pm to 7am), and weekends / Bank Holidays for 24hr periods

  • Additional Information:
  • Shifts are agreed on a monthly basis with the area manager and other riders.
  • Motorcyclists will need to provide suitable motorcycle riding equipment: Boots, Trousers, Jacket including 'High Viz' Overjacket marked 'BLOOD', Gloves and plain white Bluetooth helmet. We have preferential rates on certain items of clothing.
Which areas do Whiteknights cover?

We have teams in West, South, North and Mid Yorkshire. To ensure that we can respond quickly to urgent callouts, we would ask that you live within about 8-10 miles of the following areas;

  • West: Halifax / Huddersfield
  • North: York Hospital
  • South: Sheffield General Hospital
  • Mid: Wakefield / Leeds
Where are Riders / Drivers needed?

We need both riders and drivers, which will depend on your area.

  • We use motorcycles to cover the hospitals and other locations within West, North and South Yorkshire
  • We have cars covering the Mid Yorkshire region, to cover regular runs to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
I am not an advanced Rider / Driver. Where can I get the necessary training?

For both cars and motorcycles, we recognise both the IAM and RoSPA Advanced qualifications. There are local groups across the region to choose from. These include:

RoSPA / RoADAR Groups

West Yorkshire RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders (Cars and Motorcycles)

RoSPA / RoADAR Groups

West Yorkshire RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders (Cars and Motorcycles)

North Yorkshire Advanced Riders (Motorcycles Only)

South Yorkshire Advanced Drivers (Cars only)

IAM Groups

York Advanced Motorcyclists (Motorcycles Only)

York Advanced Motorists

Sheffield IAM (cars Only)

Sheffield Advanced Motorcyclists (Motorcycles Only)

Rotherham Advanced Motorcyclists (Motorcycles Only)

Huddersfield Advanced Motorists (Cars Only)

West Yorkshire Advanced Motorcyclists (Motorcycles Only)

How much does Advanced Training cost?

This varies depending on the route you take, and the local group you join. Whilst the below offers a guide to the likely costs, please check with your local group in case there are any changes.


    IAM
  • You can buy the Advanced Driver Course or Advanced Ride Course for £149. This covers the test fee and your first year's membership. More information can be found here: https://www.iamroadsmart.com/membership/become-a-member
  • IAM offer a discount of £15 if you contact them and advise them you are going to ride for a NABB member group
  • There is then an annual membership fee of £32.50. This is in addition to any membership of your local group.

  • RoSPA/RoADAR
  • The cost of the advanced driving test in a car for drivers 25 years and under is £55.00 inc VAT. For drivers 26 years and over it is £60.00 inc VAT
  • The cost of the advanced riding test for riders 25 years and younger is £56.00 inc VAT. For riders 26 years and over it is £66.00 inc VAT
  • Your first years' membership is included within your initial test fee. Each following year's annual subscription will be £28.00
  • These subscription fees are separate from any subscription fees to local RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Groups

To keep your RoSPA / RoADAR membership current, you will need to take a 3 yearly re-test. The re-test fee is included in your yearly subscription costs, so there is no extra cost as long as your subscription is kept up to date.

info@whiteknights.org.uk | Tel: 07970 224420 | Registered Charity No. 1124510

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Hamnett House, Gibbet Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 0AX