NEWS

A strong ‘Bond’ between the National Association of Blood Bikes and Mark Masonry

A strong Bond

What a great priveleged occasion. Bro Kev Parsons and Myself, both members of the Temperance Motorcycling Lodge No 978 represented The Sussex Mark Province at The handover of 45 Blood Bikes and cars to many Mark Provinces in England and Wales. A few hundred Mark Masons (mostly wearing chains!) and Blood bike riders, met at the National Motorcycle Museum for a superb Presentation by the Grand Secretary and Deputy Chair of the Mark Benevolent Fund. Thanks to the continuing generosity of the MBF, a strong ‘Bond’ has grown between the National Association of Blood Bikes and Mark Masonry.

Masons have become Blood Bikers and Blood Bikers have become Masons. The movement of Blood, Breast Milk and donor organs for transplant has been brought to the level of a truly professional service. The theme of the event was making all those involved to feel ‘Proud’ and they rightly should.
A privilege to have attended this inspiring event. Next time you see a blood bike or car on Sussex’s roads - you will know you have helped provide it!
Feel justly proud.

Source: FACEBOOK

Blood Bikes Handover Day

 

Who They Are

With its roots going back over half a century, the concept of a rapid response motorcycle based charity, run by unpaid volunteers has an impressive track record. More than one of the current NABB member groups can proudly demonstrate in excess of three decades of continual service to the NHS and the wider community.

Since its inception as an umbrella organisation in 2008, NABB has successfully promoted and been actively involved in the start up of numerous independent Blood Bike groups across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. With only a handful of areas not yet covered by a Blood Bike group, our vision of providing a ‘coast to coast’ service is rapidly becoming a reality. Although we are all volunteers, we operate to professional standards and comply with current legislation relating to our activities, which includes MHRA / NICE guidelines, UN3373 compliance and GMP training.

During 2013, the 25 NABB member group’s 1,400 advanced qualified volunteer riders responded to around 35,000 requests for rapid transport from 262 hospitals in the UK. These requests were to transport anything from whole blood (red cells), platelets, plasma, serum, surgical instruments to patient’s notes, X-rays, Human donor milk and MRI scans. These requests ranged from urgent (Priority 2), through to emergency (Priority 1) life threatening scenarios.

Although these groups have saved a significant amount of money for the hospitals, they are primarily acknowledged by their client hospitals as providing a professional and high quality service. The fact that they do this free of charge is just the icing on the cake.

St John Ambulance Treatment Centre - Wiltshire

St John Ambulance Treatment Centre Wiltshire

Charities Manager of the Mark Benevolent Fund, W.Bro. Darren Coleman-Heald, joined R.W.Bro. Andrew Beaumont, Provincial Grand Master for Wiltshire and his team in Salisbury this evening (15th Aug.) for the dedication of a new St John Ambulance Treatment Centre.

Presentation of Mobile Treatment Centre to St John Ambulance, Cambridgeshire

St John Ambulance Cambridgeshire

Volunteers from St Ambulance, Cambridgeshire look forward to using the new Treatment Centre

The sun shone down with meridian splendour as we arrived at Huntingdon’s St John Ambulance headquarters for Cambridgeshire.

There, representatives and volunteers from St John Ambulance were joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and the Dean of Peterborough Cathedral to be formally presented with the keys to the new Mobile Treatment Centre by Right Worshipful Brother Paul Anthony Norman, Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of East Anglia.

The Treatment Centre had been delivered 6 weeks previously and in that short period had already been in service at 25 events within Cambridgeshire.
This is the second of three vehicles being presented in the Masonic Province of East Anglia, which comprises the geographical counties of Norfolk Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Norfolk received theirs in May and the Provincial Grand Master and his team of Provincial Officers will head to Suffolk later this year to present the remaining vehicle.

The volunteers at St John Ambulance were delighted to be in receipt of the vehicle and can’t wait to get their turn at taking it out to one of the many events that they attend across the County.

After the presentation we were treated to early afternoon tea and sandwiches and it was a pleasure to meet and talk to the volunteers and hear what a difference a vehicle like this will make. Their enthusiasm for their duties as first aiders is quite enlivening.

Contact

Please take some time to have a look at the information provided and if you have a query or cannot find what you are looking for please contact:

Darren Coleman-Heald
Charities Manager

Mark Masons' Hall
86 St James's Street
London
SW1A 1PL

Direct Email: d.coleman@mmh.org.uk