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

08

Sep

Relay readiness at Whiteknights…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

It’s been a very active daytime service for Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes Today.

Paul from Whiteknights South Yorkshire riding, “Ivanhoe” collected a Faecal Matter Transplant consignment from SSC Blood Bikes rider, Paul, and then handed over to Harry from Northumbria Blood Bikes at Scotch Corner.

Elsewhere in Yorkshire, Whiteknights North, Volunteer, Andy, transported a consignment of Breast Milk from the donor’s address to Hartshead Moor Services handing over to Pete from Blood Bikes Manchester.

Later that morning Andy then travelled to Calderdale Royal Hospital for another Neonatal Breast Milk delivery to Sheffield’s Jessops Maternity Hospital.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers in our neighbouring Blood Bike charities who worked to make these successful national relays happen. Go team BloodBikes!

13

Aug

Whiteknights in Sheffield on display at Northern General.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

National Blood Bike Awareness Day is underway in Sheffield at the Northern General Hospital.

Steve and Roy are on-site outside the Huntsman Building. Come along and see our Blood Bikes on display.

13

Aug

Urgent FMT national relay conducted on Blood Bike Day

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Meanwhile the vital work we do continues. On National Blood Bike Awareness Day 2021, Whiteknights have deployed Advanced-Qualified Advanced Rider, Mike to participate in a national relay.

Today we have conveyed an urgent Faecal Matter Transplant from South Yorkshire, handing over to David from BloodRun EVS at Scotch Corner. We done for all the, behind-the-scenes organisation that makes this possible.

13

Aug

Whiteknights support the Hospice network…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Over now to Overgate Hospice on National Blood Bike Awareness Day.

We continue to be inspired by the on-going care and dedication at Overgate Hospice. Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes are honoured to be able to support them in any way we can all year round.

13

Aug

Whiteknights meet with NHS staff expressing gratitude for their voluntary service.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

This lunchtime Whiteknights volunteers have been meeting with our hospital and hospice colleagues to celebrate the tremendous efforts we give 365 days a year. We really appreciate all the gratitude and support they express to us.

Here are Whiteknights’ Volunteer Riders with staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

13

Aug

New vehicles join the fleet…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

And so onto our main announcement for National Blood Bike Awareness Day 2021. Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes are delighted to launch into Operational Service our two new additions to the fleet.

Pictured are North Yorkshire Regional Manager, Martin Benson, Volunteer Rider, Trevor Cooper and Whiteknights’ Fleet Manager, Adam Stead with our two BMW X2 cars.Excalibur 1 and Excalibur 2 are on loan from BMW UK courtesy of Stratstone BMW Harrogate and Sandal BMW Huddersfield.

Martin said earlier today: “We’re delighted to receive these vehicles into service with Whiteknights. During the winter months they will ensure we are able to keep responding to calls in all weather conditions.”

12

Aug

Blood Bikers say thank you to Terberg DTS UK – fuel sponsor.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Friday 13th August 2021 is National Blood Bike Awareness Day.

Whiteknights’ Volunteer Advanced-Qualified riders will be wearing their Blood Bike jackets with pride as we join other independent Blood Bike Charities across the UK in celebrating the countless hours of volunteering to make urgent deliveries – free to the NHS – by volunteer motorcyclists.

There are now in excess of 3000 volunteer blood bikers in the UK who throughout the Pandemic have worked around the clock to respond to urgent call-outs to move Blood Samples, COVID-19 tests and other vital medical supplies and medications between hospitals and hospices.

For Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes, Blood Bike Awareness Day 2021, is the perfect opportunity to say an enormous thank you to one of the most significant supporting sponsors in our history.

Elland-based firm, Terberg DTS UK have been paying to fuel our fleet. That’s right. We’ve responded to more than 3000 urgent call-outs in the last year and Terberg DTS have paid for all the petrol – that’s covering more than 80,000 miles of travel across our entire fleet. Whiteknights say a heartfelt and sincere, “thank you!”, for making such a major contribution to the care of patients across Yorkshire and enabling us to do what we do.

Pictured, lined up in salute to Terberg DTS UK are 5 motorcycles from the Whiteknights’ fleet. On Blood Bike Day 2021 – this is the day we say thank you for fueling the fleet.

13

Jun

Whiteknights mark World Blood Donor Day with BBC local radio.

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

14 June 2021 is World Blood Donor Day and to mark the occasion Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes have been invited to appear on a lunch time broadcast of BBC Radio Sheffield.

Tune in to BBC Radio Sheffield on 88.6, 94.7 and 104.1FM, AM 1035 and DAB digital radio – or click on Radio Sheffield and then on the ‘Listen Live’ link.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_sheffield

03

Jun

Whiteknights launch new recruits for Volunteers’ Week…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Its Volunteers’ Week this week and Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes are announcing the launch into Operational Duties of another new recruit.

Introducing, Advanced-Qualified Volunteer Rider Andrew Warren.

Andrew, a Technical Account Manager from Hebden Bridge, begins his first shift for Whiteknights in West Yorkshire this evening. Well-done and good luck Andrew. #bloodbikes

09

Apr

Remembering Prince Philip…

Posted by Matthew Beynon-Tullet

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes wish to express our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and to the Royal Family at the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

We acknowledge the Duke’s remarkable Naval career and his life-long commitment to public service in inspiring volunteering in the countless charities he supported.

Whiteknights’ volunteers who participated in and benefitted from the pioneering Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme will remember his wit and enthusiasm with great fondness.

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