One of our volunteers Simon Browne has decided to swap two wheels and an engine with two wheels and his legs to raise funds for SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire over the summer.
- On 20th May he will be taking part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 which is 101 Miles.
- Next, 108 miles riding his bike from London to Brighton and BACK on 17th June.
- And lastly, on 29 July a further 100 miles over the 2012 Olympic course in the Prudential London-Surrey Ride!
We will keep you updated as Simon takes on these incredible challenges on our behalf.
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Many thanks Simon and from all of us here at SERVSC – good luck, we will be supporting you all the way!
Huge thanks to the volunteers who supported our stand at the Framlingham Country Show. Despite a last minute change to the venue the weekend went well, there were plenty of people about and the ‘varied’ weather did not spoil things!
Thank you too for those who donated to our collection raising an amazing amount of £471.60. Your support is really appreciated.
It is with great sadness that we were advised of the passing of one our SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire’s founding volunteers, Barry Humm. Although Barry was no longer a member he was remembered with great fondness for not only being a integral volunteer, he organised various events including a volunteer skid pan experience! As a retired police biker he also lead the funeral procession for Peter Mittell.
SERVSC volunteers proudly lead his funeral procession behind his police colleague on both liveried and personal bikes where the service at St Edmunds Crematorium was attended by many to pay their respects. As one of our volunteers said, ‘It was a sad day but great in that we helped to send Barry on his new journey’.
Rest in peace Barry, farewell and thank you
We were delighted to be invited to receive a very generous donation of £200.00 from Chairman Debbie Cadman on behalf of the Needham Market Raft Race committee last night.
The races are held in June and this donation is from the 2017 event (their 16th year) – where any profits made on the day are donated to local charities.
Thank you so much for your support. It really is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s event on 24th June!
Thank you so much to Martlesham Brass Band members who chose to donate an incredible £700 to SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire following their collections held during the run up to Christmas whilst playing carols for charity in around Martlesham, Woodbridge and Ipswich. Thank you to everyone who donated.
Following a talk to the staff of One Broker Insurance we were delighted to be given a very generous donation of £1000 which was presented by Robin Plaster, Managing Director of the One Broker group, in Norwich, and Rory McPhail, Director at NWBIB, the group’s Cambridge base.
Thank you so much to everyone involved in choosing to support SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
THE ROTARY CLUB’s OF SAXMUNDHAM and FRAMLINGHAM -Heritage Coast Run / Walk
The Rotary Clubs of Saxmundham and Framlingham annual Heritage Coast Marathon, Half Marathon and 6 mile Fun Run and walks still proves to be as popular as ever. The event this year on Sunday 6th May is its 36th anniversary and the three courses are set in some of the most attractive countryside that Suffolk has to offer and presenting a unique challenge to competitors with about 700 entrants over all courses.
The event not only attracts local families, friends and organisations year after year but serious runners from all over the country. This year the event is supporting two local charities with one being Riding for the Disabled at Woodbridge whose horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities.
They offer activities such as riding and carriage driving to all age groups and wherever possible, to people with any disability.
RDA have been carrying out their life-changing activities for over 25 years relying on voluntary help and donations, or legacies, to be able to deliver their services.
The second charity is SERV (Service by Emergency Response Volunteers) Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, a voluntary organisation, and registered charity, founded in 2010. The group was set up to serve the NHS throughout the two counties of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. In addition to delivering urgent blood and blood product supplies to hospitals out of hours, and at weekends, in 2012 SERV launched the donor baby milk service. This involves the collection and delivery of donated human breast milk used to support premature babies in the maternity units across Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. SERV also supports other groups in delivering supplies to hospitals nationwide.
Some of the money raised from the event will additionally go to support other local and International Rotary charity needs.
Organiser Owen Lower said, “We are very proud of our unique event as it provides for all categories of entrant whether they be runners, gentle joggers or walkers and it is a real family occasion. Importantly it provides a platform for many people to raise sponsorship for their own nominated charity or the charities that our two Rotary Club’s are supporting. Whether you are a regular entrant or a newcomer to the Rotary Heritage Coast Run / Walk please enter or come along to Thorpeness near Leiston on Sunday 6th May to enjoy yourselves and give us your support, so that we in turn can help very deserving charities”.
Full details of the event can be found on www.heritagecoastmarathon.org.ukor follow on Twitter and Facebook, or email
Thank you so much to Hudson Sign Solutions Ltd for another fabulous looking trailer which they recently rewrapped for us.
After the old photos started to peel we decided to give it a facelift with new photos similar to the events trailer we use at the Suffolk events. This one will continued to be based in Cambridgeshire. Thank you once again to Chiltern Cold Storage for keeping it safe for us
Crane Building Service & Utilities recently got to see what their incredibly generous donations have been used to purchase.
Sales Team Leader Emma first met SERVSC a couple of years ago at Ipswich YM Rugby Union Football Club. Back at work she took the opportunity to nominate us for a donation from the Crane Fund for Widows & Children and she has now had the opportunity to try out the bike bought with the funds from her successful nominations. We were also joined by Crane President Richard Tuck, Marketing & Communications Manager Simon Shand-Brown and SERVSC volunteers Clive, Paul and Chairman Cindy.
The bike, a Yamaha FJR1300 will replace an aging BMW based in the Cambridgeshire area. It will be used for delivering blood, blood products, samples and donated breast milk, as well as been seen at events, talks and training events.
Thank you so much, once again to Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club for their continued and very generous support. We were delighted to receive a donation of £600.00 which will go towards the upkeep of the two bikes, Shaun and Peter, donated by them previously.
Thank you so much to the Suffolk Community Foundation and Felixstowe Port Community Fund for granting an award of £1500.00 to SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
This donation will go towards replacing one of our older liveried motorcycles this year which will enable us to continue providing a free delivery service of blood, blood products, samples and donated breast milk to our local NHS hospitals.
The SERVSC blood runners saving lives and NHS resources
Blood donations are a life-saving necessity routinely delivered to hospitals across the UK, however there are occasions when blood is needed out of hours and urgently.
To facilitate this, Papworth receives outstanding, free-of-charge support from Service by Emergency Response Volunteers Suffolk and Cambridgeshire (SERVSC) – a charity that no matter what day, time or weather, will deliver blood and other clinical items to NHS hospitals.
Papworth’s transfusion laboratory staff stablished a valuable partnership with SERVSC in February 2012.
Transfusion Practitioner Michaela Lewin said: “In the past 12 months alone our laboratory staff’s work with SERVSC has saved the Trust £14,000. Their commitment is exceptional.”
Cindy Dickerson, Chairman of SERVSC, said: “It never ceases to amaze me how generous our volunteers are and we wouldn’t be able to offer this service without their enthusiasm and loyalty.”
Since SERVSC began, they have carried out almost 5,000 delivery runs, saving the NHS an estimated £350,000. Although they currently have 100 active members, the charity is always seeking volunteers to keep their service running – please visit www.servsc.org.uk for more information.
It is with the greatest of pride that we are delighted to announce that SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have just completed their 5000th run.
Here is one of our long serving volunteers Mick with Sarah and Emilliya from Papworth who kindly took time out of their busy day to mark the occasion.
Mick used his own Triumph Explorer to deliver a box of platelets and in a spooky coincidence, the mileage clock hit 5000 too! Here’s to the next 5000!
Thank you to all our volunteers who have helped us get to this amazing point in SERVSC history. Without your support and the time you give for free, we would never have reached it. Every run counts and helps to save lives.
Colin one of our volunteer bloodrunners works at Peterborough Land Registry and SERVSC is their chosen charity for 2017. They held a Christmas Fayre and cake sale last Thursday and the final total was an incredible £400.20. Thank you for choosing to support SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, thank you to all who donated and a huge thank you to Colin for organising a show and tell stand recently
One Broker Insurance updated us with how their Charity of the Year activities supporting SERV Norfolk and SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire have been going now that 2017 is drawing to a close. Visit www.onebroker.co.uk/news to find out what they have been up to and how they’ve been supporting the local bloodbikers in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
We would like to give a huge thank you to Aurora Spiritualist Group. Following a meeting where we gave a presentation on SERV SC we were presented with a very generous donation of £1500 in memory of June Barfoot and Enid Lupton. June and Enid had founded a healing group that also raised money for charities. In the later stages June’s husband received weekly blood transfusions and it was her wish that we should receive a donation of £1000. A further £500 was added from members of the group.
We were delighted to receive a very generous donation from the Hoxne Phoenix Group for £400.00 recently following a talk and raffle. Thank you so much for your support, it really is greatly appreciated.
It is with great sorrow to advise you that Mark Saberton, one of our longest serving members, passed away on 12th October 2017. Mark was a quietly spoken, warm hearted and kind man who always gave his time willingly and without question to our cause. Mark was also a very active member and trainer for St Johns Ambulance. We attended his funeral with many of his family, friends and St John Ambulance colleagues and it was obvious to all he will be greatly missed. Farewell Mark, and thank you.
Many thanks to Onebroker Insurance who recently hosted a charity golf day in aid of SERV. They were joined by one of our volunteers keen golfer Malcolm who had a great day despite not being on the winning team. Thank you for choosing to support SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and for your hospitality on the day
Thank you so much to the dedicated volunteers who helped out at Peterborough Town Hall collection and to those who donated. Despite a slightly damp start we collected a grand total of £432.36 together with an invasion of morris dancers!
We have received some wonderful news. TSB 2017 partnership charities www.tsb.co.uk/community-partnerships have chosen us as their charity of the year.
This year they received more than 27,000 nominations from customers, TSB partners and other local people in the community. We are pleased to say that SERVSC was chosen as one of their 458 new Local Charity Partners.
More info will follow soon, in the meantime, thank you to everyone who nominated us! ❤️
Thank you to the members of the East Anglian Practical Classic & Sports Car Club who despite having their event rained off were kind enough to invite us to do a presentation on the work of SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Following this we were delighted to receive a donation of £100. Your continued support is greatly appreciated
We would like to say a big thank you to the ladies of Great Barton Women’s Institute. They donated £519.91 to us after a visit to explain what we do. It was an incredible night and we also heard a lady’s story of how we saved her daughters life. We are going to hopefully write a piece about this soon.
We were both surprised and delighted to receive a cheque for an amazing £800.00 from the Thurston Carpet Bowls Club recently. The money was raised during a club day involving several teams, tombola’s, stalls and some very generous donations. Thank you so much for your support, it was lovely to meet you all.
Thank you so much to the members of the Woodbridge Rotary Club who invited us to attend their meeting today.
Following a lovely lunch and a talk by ourselves they presented us with an amazing donation of £563.00. This was some of the money they raised on their tombola stall at the Woodbridge Regatta earlier this year which was attended by one of our members Stephen and a trusty mini moto which proved to be very popular!
Thank you so much!
We were delighted to be nominated for a second time this year to receive a donation from Crane Building Services and Utilities on behalf of the Crane Fund for Widows & Children.
Charities close to the hearts of staff are chosen by the fund to support local charities based around the region. Thank you to Cranes employee Emma-Jane Strutt who nominated SERVSC. An article also appeared in the Ipswich Star. www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich-firm-raises-28-000-for-various-charities-in-region-1-5152609
Following our annual trip to the Meldreth Bike Show supporting yet another successful evening, we were delighted to receive an invite from the Royston & District Motorcycle Club to their Presentation Barbeque. Thank you for your very kind hospitality and for the incredible donation of £3000 which will go a long way in helping to support our operational costs.
We were delighted to receive a cheque for £200.00 from the Lowestoft Ladies Hockey Club following a recent Charity Quiz night which some of our members attended. Unfortunately our gallant team did not fair so well but it was lovely to meet you all! Thank you for choosing to support SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire!
In June we carried out the most tasks in one month delivering urgently needed blood, platelets, samples and other products 90 times. So far this year we have completed 437 runs bringing our total to date to 4406.
A big thank you to the staff at TSB Ramsey chose us as their charity for 2017. They have been running a number of activities, including guess the number of Easter Eggs, to raise funds. Today they presented us with a cheque for £198.80. We had excellent representation at this event. A big thank you to all our members who turned up and a special thank you to our local (Ramsey) member, who generously picked up the bill for the tea and cakes afterwards
Picture courtesy of East Anglian Daily Times
At only four months old Kireon-Lee has already overcome more health obstacles than many people face in a lifetime. Born eight weeks premature, with a serious heart condition and weighing just 3lb, the odds were stacked heavily against him but Kireon-Lee and his family had back up.
Read about how a meeting with the East Anglian Daily Times resulted in the members of SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire who ferried donated breast milk across the country to give him the best chance of survival. met up with his parents, the hospital staff who care for him and of course, Kireon-Lee himself.
My name is Vanessa Wild and I live in Bury St Edmunds and have been a proud member and volunteer for SERV SC since May 2010. I am a RoSPA Advanced Rider and started as a blood runner, then volunteering thereafter at different events throughout Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
I enjoy volunteering as I feel it’s important to raise awareness and funds for an amazing charity. I’m a regular blood donor of 8 years and it made sense to me to help transport blood products to hospitals. It’s about making a difference and helping to save lives. I also enjoy meeting other members, volunteers and of course the public whilst giving my time freely to a truly worthwhile charity
I have been with SERV SC for about five years having first seen them at the Copdock bike show, it seemed the perfect way to combine my love of bikes with doing something worthwhile for the community.
After losing a baby to Group B strep in 1998 my wife required a fair amount of Blood products to recover, so I get a great deal of satisfaction delivering to the Hospital knowing that somebody really needs the contents no matter what time or how bad the weather.
My Blood running duties fit in well with my job as a Train Driver with Freightliner which involves a lot of weird shift work, it has also enabled me to meet a fantastic group of people all with the same aim. I also get to spread word of our work at charity events and shows to members of the public who never fail to amaze us with their generosity.
It was the case a few years ago that nobody knew us or what we did as most runs were carried out at night, but recently that has all changed and I will often receive acknowledgement from all sorts of people. There is nothing better than simply getting a thank you from a complete stranger.
Meet some of our SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Volunteers and find out why they do what they do.
The two Sue’s told us, “We volunteer because we both have relations who worked and are working for the NHS and understand the problems it faces. We have benefited from its amazing service, me especially and as we are retired we have some spare to enable us to give back some help it needs.”
Here is Kev Parry’s story
What do I get from my volunteering? Lots of things! I get to give something back to society which I’ve not had a chance to do before. I get a good feeling that I’m doing my small part towards something good and that I could be helping to maybe save someone’s life. I making a small difference to someone somewhere who I will probably never meet and who probably doesn’t know I even exist. I’ve got a sense of belonging.
Its given me a new circle of friends. Its given me a new interest. In a strange way I feel it’s also given me a sense of purpose? #itswhatwedo springs to my thoughts most days now!
Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM. Not only was the new committee voted in, Andrew Hall from Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club also joined us to officially handover the newly refurbished Suffolk events trailer which they donated the funds for. Thank you also to the Millenium Centre in Red Lodge for their continued support and hospitality
We recently combined forces with our colleagues in the Midland Freewheelers and helped to deliver 2 litres of breast milk to a very needy baby at Ipswich Hospital in the Neonatal department from the Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
The total distance covered between the two NHS hospitals by our respective groups was more than 150 miles
Within a few hours, coordinators and riders had planned and sorted locations with times to enable an efficient, swift and prompt delivery.
Thank you to everyone involved.
It’s what we do!
Did you know….?
Last Easter weekend SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire were on call to our hospitals from 7pm Thursday night until 6 am Tuesday morning.
During those 108 hours we were tasked 13 times and delivered:-
Thank you so much to Daren Hillyer, the Dealer Principle and the team at Webb’s Motorcycles in Peterborough who invited us along to be part of their new showroom opening.
We had a great weekend speaking to lots of you about what we do.
Thank you also to those of you who donated a total of £89.00 which will pay for a bloodrunner hi-viz jacket and bloodbox cover.
Look out for us this weekend coming at Sainsbury’s Oxney Road and then Bretton, Peterborough.
Our longstanding neon clad SERV members Janice Stopher and Shaun Larkins are attempting to complete (again) the St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk this year. They’re aiming to raise at least £500 for the hospice which supports those living with progressive illnesses through palliative care. Providing these services each year costs over £9 million and over 75% of this comes from the local community.
They’ve decided to raise funds jointly this year and both will be walking the 6 mile route on the night.
Both Janice and Shaun are very active fundraising members for SERV and it would be great if we could support them with another cause close to their hearts. You can donate by clicking on their donation page
We wish them both the best of luck!
We received a call recently asking if we could pick up donated baby milk from the NCIU at Luton and Dunstable and take it to Peterborough City Hospital.
It would appear at the time of baby’s arrival, all of the premature baby facilities at PCH were in use so Mum had been taken the Luton & Dunstable. Both mum and baby were returned to the NICU at PCH by ambulance but the important milk had been left behind. Hence we were asked to help.
On arrival and having delivered the much needed milk, our Day Operations Manager, John Gibson, was invited to meet the recipient Mum and her new baby.
We were delighted to hear that mum and the nursing staff at both hospitals were very grateful and impressed with our service.
Over the past two years we have enjoyed the support from the Needingworth Over 60s Club and they recently invited to their AGM to receive a further donation of £350.00 from the retiring Chairlady Joan Ashwell and members. This brings the total donated by them to an amazing £510.90. Our SERVSC members Antony Orchard, Michael Ferguson, John Millard and John Gibson were delighted to thank them in person and show them what their kind donations may have helped to fund. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much to everyone at Demand Engineering in Stonham Aspal who very kindly have donated £100.00 to SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire. For every Demand Engineering t-shirt sold in 2016, they donated £1. It costs £105 to supply our riders and drivers with the necessary equipment. Your donation and support is very much appreciated.
Congratulations to our New Year’s Eve Raffle winner Elaine who won a flight in a Piper Arrow with our very own Malcolm, one of dedicated SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire bloodrunners. He recently flew Elaine and her family around the Norfolk and Suffolk Coast on a beautiful spring like day.
Elaine told us “The boys and I had a great time it was such an amazing prize and experience thank you so much. The boys are looking forward to telling their friends at school – they think they’ll be able to upstage all of them when it comes to ‘what did you do in half term?
Thank you Malcolm for your very generous donation and for the time you give to the winners.
Our Annual General Meeting for all members will be held at The Red Lodge Millennium Centre, Lavender Close, Red Lodge, Suffolk IP28 8TT on Saturday 13th May 2017 commencing at 2:00pm
A buffet lunch will be provided for all members who wish to join us prior to the meeting from 12:30pm. As in previous years, this is an opportunity for you to meet the current committee and other members, look at the charity assets on display and ask any questions you may have prior to the AGM.
Further details can be found in the members area under Communications
Thank you so much to the Crane Fund for Widows and Children who have kindly donated a very generous US$6360.00. Thank you too to Emma Strutt for nominating us through her employers. We were made very welcome at a hospitable cheque presentation with Emma, Crane Director’s and staff present. It was a pleasure to meet you all and again thank you.
Thank you so much to the SERV Members and their families who supported a collection day at Tesco, Martlesham on Bank Holiday Sunday. Huge thank you to the Tesco staff and their customers who helped us to collect an incredible amount of £757.28.
Trained nurse John Millard served his country in the Royal Air Force and then the NHS front-line services. Even when the time came to retire, he opted for a life in the fast lane as a volunteer blood runner.
Blood runners courier blood products, biopsy tissue and other medical samples from one hospital without a laboratory to hospitals where the samples can be tested. Samples can only be tested within 24 hours. The bikes are ‘urgent’ so don’t carry blue flashing lights, but pick up samples multiple times a day. Sometimes response time is what can ultimately save a life.
Using his trusty Honda VFR1200, John delivers blood, the main staple for these unsung heroes. SERV blood runners, who cover many regions across the UK, as well as Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, also shuttle donor breast milk for premature babies, vaccines and medical notes.
You can view the video by Honda featuring John by clicking here
Thank you to all our amazing Suffolk and Cambridgeshire volunteers.
If you would like to find out more about being a volunteer Bloodrunner or controller, go to our website servsc.org.uk.
You can also make a donation.
35 players took part in an all day competition with the proceeds going to 3 charities of which we were one of and subsequently we have been presented with a cheque for £223.00. Thank you to everyone for your continued to support. It really is appreciated
At our recent AGM we were delighted to receive a cheque for £1000 from Freightliner who our member, Steve (Night Knight) Cook aka Cookie works for. Thanks to Steve for approaching Freightliner to make a donation and thank you to them for choosing to support us. This money will go towards making a real difference to our operations – providing a free out of hour’s delivery service for clinically urgent blood, blood products and human baby milk
Thank you so much to all those who braved the cold, the wind and rain to support our stands at over the weekend. Very un-Christmassy weather. Even the false snow gave up!! ?
We ran a very popular teddy tombola in the marquee and this, together with collections outside with the bikes raised an amazing £426.17.
Thank you to all the staff at Stonham Barns for making us so welcome and of course, many thanks to all their visitors who visited our stands.
Following this they were presented with a cheque for £250.00 plus a further £20 from an individual attending the evening. This money will go towards making a real difference to our operations – providing a free out of hour’s delivery service for clinically urgent blood, blood products and human baby milk to our NHS hospitals in Suffolk & Cambridgeshire.
Thank you all so very much
The Man in the Moon in Ipswich have raised an incredible £1400 for SERVSC following a charity band night on Saturday. With over 200 attending we would like to thank all those who supported the evening with our special thanks going to Jamie & Sue, the band All or Nothing who had the crowd rocking and who will definitely go on to bigger stadium tours. Last but not least, the lovely doormen who excelled at handing out fines for anyone going in or out!! What a great night spent with great people. Thank you all.
Following on from the success of ASDA’s Green token scheme at Bury St Edmunds (cheque for £200 was presented to us on the 12 October by Michelle from ASDA) we had arranged for a store collection at ASDA Bury St Edmunds on the 17 October. We set up at 9am and before everything was in place we had children sitting on the bikes and the rest of the day continued to be busy. Late in the morning we had a call to meet a west driver who had 3 boxes of blood/platelets for Ipswich Ho…spital, I asked for the west driver to meet us at the ASDA store and the boxes were delivered on to Ipswich Hospital in the Blood car. The people of Bury St Edmunds were very generous and we raised £528.71, but also as important we had a number of enquiries to join SERV, one of whom had emailed our Membership Officer while we were still at the store!! Well done and many thanks to all involved.
It’s been a Serv filled weekend here in not so sunny Suffolk
Thank you to all those members who supported us this weekend. Bury market raised £318.09 and a surprising lack of rain given the forecast whilst BB4 took part in the Felixstowe Carnival Parade. Unfortunately, despite a promising calm start to Sunday and the opportunity to have some fun by the seaside, the weather took a dramatic, if expected turn for the worse. By midday we were washed/blown away along with the funfair and Felixstowe Airshow. Even the army were packing up and heading for safety! Never mind. There’s always sunny Southwold next Saturday. Come see us at St Felix School Southwold on 1st August. It’s also the East Anglian Air Ambulance Open Day!!
One of our long standing SERVSC members Brian Hill will be doing the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on August 2nd 2015 raising money for Great Ormond Street. 100 miles, cycling from London to Surrey. He has been training really hard and has nearly hit his Just Giving target. Here’s his message:-
My daughter, and Daniels twin sister, Megan, was born with many problems and spent all of her 8 months in hospital. Most of that time was at GOSH where she received fantastic and loving care. Please help me to raise some money to help them continue their tremendous work.
Please use the link below to support Brian for this great cause.
First, a big thank you to today’s team for turning out early on a Sunday morning to face a chilly wind in the middle of an airfield for the Hunts 10K Run. The nice part was to see 2 new faces. Our members formed the run escort team which, with our livered vehicle and blue lights, proved quite a spectacle. We enjoyed a lot kudos from the organisers, runners and spectators. Courtesy of the event sponsor, the team are now enjoying “Cook Italian” pasta!
The highlight was five Year 8 students from Cromwell College, Chatteris who set up and ran their own charity stall, offering games, cup cakes and cookies on behalf of SERV SC. They presented us with £41 and there may be some more to come from their run sponsorship. It was touching experience to witness
the enthusiasm and initiative of these young people who went out of their way to do something for society and SERV SC in particular.
We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes to select us for an award of £1000 from their Community Champions Scheme. Thank you so much.
Again we are indebted to the small team of regulars who turned up on a wet dismal Sat to man our stand at ASDA Peterborough. Despite the inclement weather we remained dry and had a very successful day with lots of interest from the public who donated £363.20 (2014 – £307) in our buckets and ASDA presented us with a cheque for £200 giving us a total of £563.20. We had lots of interest from potential new members – at least one strong interest to be a controller.
A big thank you to all who gave up their valuable time to help, it was well worth it.
Following his recent refurbishment and repairs, Robbie (mini-moto) look fantastic with his new flashing blue lights that were irresistible to passing kids and adults alike – many thanks to our Routes Trainer for all his hard work.
We were recently presented with a cheque for £500 from AXA in Ipswich. Shaun Larkins, one of our volunteer members from Ipswich works for AXA and has been busy with various fundraising initiatives and jumped at the chance when he was asked to nominate a charity for money to be donated to.
Many thanks to both AXA and Shaun!
In keeping with previous years, we had a warm and generous welcome from the shoppers in Huntingdon for our recruiting and fundraising event yesterday. The sun shone and were inundated with proud parents photographing their little darlings on board the mini-motos and BBikes. We had great support from our members and Sainsbury’s came up trumps by supplying us with free drinks all day and a free lunch as well. We had enquires from potential new members and we raised £445.84
It was truly a remarkable event, which saw close to 40,000 visitors over the six days of the festival. For us it was truly amazing! In terms of raising our profile to the general public, potential for corporate sponsorship, and the very many important membership enquiries we received I can say the event was an unbelievable success. The icing on the cake was that we raised an incredible £12,777.96!!!! Which I understand is a record for this event!
Please look out on our website and social media sites as over the next few days I will be posting some fantastic images to remind us of this wonderful event.
A massive thank you, to not only our amazing member who assisted in many ways, but also our volunteers from the Lions Clubs, Royal British Legion, friends and family. We really could not have pulled this off without you all, we are truly grateful.
We do not normally name individuals for a special mention as all our volunteers and members are equally important. However in this case I think an exception should be made, without the herculean effort from our Membership Secretary Cindy Dickerson this event just would not have happened.
In addition we are eternally grateful to Bert & Claire Kenward, Ron Buchet and all the committee and team at Cambridge CAMRA for inviting us, making us feel so welcome, and making the festival such a huge success – thank you all so much, I do hope we can come along again at some time in the future.
Do you have any good condition cuddily toys suitable for tombola prizes hiding away in lofts, under beds or gathering dust cupboards? We would love to have them to give them new homes and raise money for SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire at the same time! Please contact us on www,servsc.org.uk. We will collect!!
Recently a two day event held in the beautiful grounds of Framlingham College. We had good location next to the main entrance but the Saturday proved a little stressful when our parade in the main arena was greeted with a sudden downpour so we had to abandon ship, only two people watched our parade, sitting on a straw bale, under umbrellas!
Thanks to the grand efforts of Martin and Sarah Bignall for supplying a Teddy Bear Tombola, which, as always, was a great success, and, through the collecting tins manned by our loyal members, we made £202. Come Sunday, the weather was much better and despite having running low on tombola prizes we collected another £177 from a very busy show.
A big thank you again to all members who supported both events.
It was a cold day there was a great BBQ and live music to keep us going.
The Fenlanders Harley Owners Group ended a ride out at the dealership and presented us with a very generous cheque of £154. Huge thanks to everyone involved for their efforts in raising that cash. Together with the donation and the collection on the day we raised £233
Framlingham Country Fair
A two day event held in the beautiful grounds of Framlingham College. We had good location next to the main entrance but the Saturday proved a little stressful when our parade in the main arena was greeted with a sudden downpour so we had to abandon ship, only two people watched our parade, sitting on a straw bale, under umbrellas!
Thanks to the grand efforts of our members for supplying a Teddy Bear Tombola, which, as always, was a great success, and, through the collecting tins manned by our loyal members, we made £202. Come Sunday, the weather was much better and despite having running low on tombola prizes we collected another £177 from a very busy show.
A big thank you again to all members who supported both events.
The Cambridge & District Branch of CAMRA’s Beer Festival has selected SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire to be the supported charity at The 42nd Cambridge Beer Festival, 18 to 23 May 2015, Jesus Green, Cambridge.
The festival is the United Kingdom’s longest running CAMRA beer festival and currently the second largest regional beer festival. The festival features a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, as well as cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled & draught beers from around the world. The festival is also famous for its CAMRA Cheese Counter, where a very wide range of fine cheeses, together with locally produced bread, pork pies, ham and other savoury items are available.
How can you help?
“The Bloodrunners” will be staffing a stand throughout the six day beer festival and if you can spare some time, then please contact Ronnie Lyons (e-mail ), as he is project managing this key event in our calendar.
The story behind this donation is truly inspirational. Having originated in 2012 as a means to raise £100 for ‘Children in Need’, Kelly started by auctioning a few items of her own at low starting prices and with an end time and date. Her initial target of £100 was achieved in a very short time by contacting friends and as the activity snowballed, eventually went on to raise £1,650 that year.
Much to her amazement, when many of the auction winners turned up to collect the sale items, they often brought bags of items to donate for future auctions, thus perpetuating the sales cycle.
Kelly was overwhelmed with the generosity of the local people in and around Lowestoft and following requests from them to continue the activity, in 2013 she broadened the remit and went on to donate nearly £5,000 to several local charities.
As a way to say thanks to the group members, that now number more than 1,200 people, Kelly invites them to nominate local charities and then to vote for a winner and all the proceeds raised over a certain time go to that charity. With this latest donation to SERV S&C the total raised will pass the £10,000 mark!
SERV S&C is truly honoured and pleased to accept this donation and many thanks to Kelly and her supporting cast for their generosity.
After a popular presentation on SERV SC to St Ives British Legion (Women’s Section) last Sep, our adventuring Bloodrunner was invited back to give a talk on his USA Coast-to-Coast trip on a Harley. The group of 30 members thoroughly enjoyed his talk and presented a cheque of £40 for SERV SC. For this we are very grateful – thank you very much!
Following a Coast-to-Coast trip across the USA on a Harley last autumn, an intrepid SERV Suffolk & Cambs member was invited to the Soham Over Sixties Club to give a talk about his adventure. Over 50 members were entertained and enlightened by our member’s experiences. They thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon and presented our member with a donation of £30 for SERV SC. For this we are very grateful – thank you very much!
They have asked him to come back and tell them more about his exploits – Sailing around Britain!
At 0730am yesterday, on Christmas morning we received a call from Ipswich Neonatal Unit asking for some baby milk from the RMH Milk Bank in Cambridge to feed a new baby in need, in their care.
Within 30 minutes 2 volunteers were despatched to relay the milk from Cambridge to Ipswich, arriving at 0930.
What a great thing to be able to do, this is why we do it.
Just a quick note to thank all our members who supported us at Asda Peterborough on Sunday. Despite the chilly weather we were well looked after by Asda staff with coffee and rolls and the public donated a very impressive and festive £611.74!
What a fine way to end the year….
Thank you all for all your efforts this year and we wish everybody a very merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous and peaceful new year!!
Just a reminder that we will be making our last appearance of 2014 at Asda Rivergate Peterborough tomorrow from 10am. What a 2014 it has been!! Our total run count is now in the region of 2,400, with approximately 100 dedicated, selfless Volunteers out in all weathers making potentially life saving deliveries every week. We are immensely grateful not only for the support of our Volunteers, but also the members of the Public, Fraternal groups, and businesses who donate to us, and support us, without which this wonderful service would not be possible. Thank you all, we salute you! SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire would like to wish all our Volunteers, sister Blood Bike groups nationwide, Donors & Supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy Peaceful and Safe New year. P.S. Don’t forget to come ad visit us on Sunday!
Many thanks to the SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire members; staff and customers who supported us today in Barclays Bank, Princes St, Ipswich.
After an amusing and creative half hour getting 2 Bloodbikes into the banking hall via steps, windows and doors, we had a great day meeting Father Christmas and offering him an alternative mode of transport to his traditional sleigh!
We raised £175.96. Many thanks to all!!
Special thanks also to SERV members Shaun and Janet whose chickens have again been busy raising money for us from their egg laying this year. Thank you to hens Mabel, Ginger, Red, Goldilocks, Brenda, Perky and not forgetting Stumpy for £30.02!
Lastly, big thank you to the staff and customers of More Moto in Bury for collecting on our behalf £46.
Many thanks to The Copdock Motorcycle Club has given us another fantastic donation. We were invited to a presentation at which we were presented with a cheque for £1,000. We were asked if the monies could be for the upkeep/renewal of our Bloodbike which is dedicated to Shaun Ruddy and who sadly died in an accident. Hannah, Shaun’s Fiancé before he died, and Steph, his Mother, were at the presentation. We helped Hannah and friends who sold the clubs raffle tickets throughout the year at events that the CCMC attended. We would like to thank everyone from the CCMC who have helped us once again and with special thanks to Hannah and Steph.
Today we have listed on ebay a fantastic GearLocker Donated by Voller & Dunnett and Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club. This item has been autographed by Henry Cole. You can find this fantastic item on the link below…
Serv Suffolk & Cambridgeshire were again proud to attend and support one of the biggest motorcycle shows in the UK to show off the new bike the Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club donated to us from last years draw proceeds.
Henry Cole from ITV4’s the Motorbike Show was this year’s guest of honour and was very interested to hear about what we did when he visited our stand
Funds raised from the day were £199.76 and lots of people interested in joining us
It was a great Serv turnout. Thank you to all those members who joined us on the stand to help.
Just another big thank you to all our BloodRunners who turned out on Saturday at Sainsbury’s Bretton Peterborough, where a quite splendid £789.81 was collected. We are very grateful to all our guys, and the fantastic job that you do. We wold also like to thank the Staff and very generous customers at Sainsbury’s for your incredible generosity- thank you all so much..
We would like to extend our grateful thanks to the organisers of the Huntington 10K run who presented us with a donation of £100! It was a big surprise when we were called forward to receive a cheque as we were not a nominated charity. We also had the opportunity to say a few words about SERV SC and what we do – the audience were impressed not only with our work but that we do it all for free and members run their own vehicles and pay their own fuel. So once again thank you all so very much and we look forward to supporting your event again next year.
Have been looking back over the very busy summer we have enjoyed, and would love to share these brilliant pics with you all of when we recently attended the St. Ives Carnival. We are very grateful once again to the organising committee for inviting us and we look forward to seeing you all again next year…
SERV Suffolk & Cambs would like to extend our thanks to TESCO BarHill, to their incredibly generous customers and of course to our BloodRunners who supported us on the day. We raised a truly magnificent £1,049.56 – WOW!! This will go a long way to supporting our charity this year and helping us to help the NHS.
Just a quick round up of our recent events and collections, we attended Sainsbury’s Store in Huntingdon and received donations totalling £401.31, this weekend we were at Tesco St Neots where £432.52 was donated and we also collected £36.11 at the recent EAAA event in Peterborough. We are immensely grateful for the support of the stores and organisations, and of course the members of the public who always dig very deep for us, but especially to our members who we ask much of who keep turning out to support us with our fundraising efforts – guys we salute you!
Four members attended the Royston District Motor Cycle Club cheque presentation evening recently night at Meldreth. RDMCC chairman stated that their Meldreth bike show was growing in popularity and this year’s had been one of its most successful, raising £12000. He expressed his, and the clubs, appreciation to SERV for help with the running of the show. I was asked to convey a big thank you to all who turned up and helped at this year’s show, and we are very greatful to RDMCC for their ongoing support and amazing generosity – thank you all so much
Our Chairman, Bob, was presented with a cheque for £1000.
Other beneficiaries were Meldreth Manor School £6000, Air Ambulance £4000 and SERV Herts & Beds £1000.
A great day was had by all at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough yesterday where we were invited by our friends at East Anglia Air Ambulance to join them at their open day. We are very grateful to them for this opportunity and we are all looking forward to working with them very soon…. Watch this space….
A big thank you to all who turn up at St Ives today. We had a great turnout, had interest from potential new members and had fun escorting the carnival parade. The sun shone and the outriders enjoyed their personal mobile sauna – slow moving in motorcycle gear for over an hour!
As expected, the footfall fell sharply after the carnival parade departed. Hence, it was an easy decision to stack early and get home for a shower and change but not before totalling up our takings, £236.19.
I was pleasantly surprised by the marked increase in the number of people who stopped to tell they knew about us and/or had met us at other events. Your hard work supporting these event is paying off – our profile in the community is definitely increasing.
Well done and keep up the good work.
If you missed this one, there is still time to join us next Sat 19 Jul, at Ferry Meadows Peterborough where the Air Ambulance helicopter will be in attendance – a great photo opportunity. Looking forward to seeing you there.
A big thank you to all who for your supported us today at the St Ives Festival of Motorcylcles. Despite the inclement weather I think it was fantastic day out. We certainly had lots of enquires from potential new members and as usual there were loads of kids wanting to sit on the bikes. Today we collected £195.53 thank you all so very much.
A big thank you to all who helped at Peterborough and March yesterday. Both events got off to a very wet start and a baking hot afternoon – well it was baking hot for those clothed to survive the morning. Nevertheless, we had a great time with lots of interest from the public about what we do and I am confident that some of this interest will translate in new members. If we accept 8 year olds and under, we would be swamped with mini-moto members! In total we raise £505.93. Well done and thank you!!
Well done to all our BloodRunners who appeared in Cambridge City Centre on Saturday, a fantastic £429.79 was raised. Thank you to the members of the public who donated and to the potential new members who approached us.
Huge thank you to all involved in yet another very successful Suffolk Show. Please use the link below to hear of a very exciting proposed tie up with East Anglian Air Ambulance!! Many thanks to Mark Murphy at BBC Radio Suffolk for all the support..
On Sunday 25th May, SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire was delighted to participate in the 2014 Crowfield Truck Festival, near Ipswich. This was a particularly significant event, as it marked the official handover of the new exhibition trailer and it was broadcast live on Fresh Gold radio. The trailer was purchased by SERV S&C as a direct result of a very generous donation from the organisers of the Festival, as SERV S&C was their chosen beneficiary charity at last year’s festival.
SERV S&C’s Suffolk Events organiser, thanked the organisers, the truck drivers and their families and friends for their proactive support. The addition of the exhibition trailer marks a major step forward in presenting a professional image of SERV S&C at fund raising and recruiting events and it will act as a ‘magnet’ for attracting public attention. Please come and visit us at the Suffolk Show this week
Also thank you to all our members who attended our AGM to share with us the fantastic achievements they have made in the last twelve months, and to share some exciting news for our plans for this coming year – watch this space!!
We had a fantastic day in Peterborough Cathedral Square yesterday where we attended the preview to the BMF event, thanks to the tremendous support from our members and to the first outing of our new display trailer. The new enhanced appearance of our display stand and a new AV presentation certainly pulled in the public and brought an exciting buzz to area. We collected £390.98 plus interest from a number of potential new members a fantastic result for an open street collection. Once again our members in attendance were amazing – thank you all so much, and thank you to Mulberry Group the organisers of the BMF event, and of course to the very generous people of Peterborough.
Also many thanks to Angela for her support in our photo below proving you’re never too old to be a BloodRunner!
We would like to extend a huge “thank you” to the SERV members who came and supported todays fundraising event in St Neots despite the damp start, and also to friends and family who came by for support! A grand total of £194.46 was raised – thank you for your support. It was a good day and we definitely had a couple of potential new members approach us for info. Thanks also to the ladies in the snack wagon for the free drinks and the most wonderful breakfast rolls!
We are delighted to announce that we were successful in our bid to Cash for the Community, supported by the Cambridge Building Society and the Cambridge News, we were presented a cheque for £246.88. We are very grateful to them and to everyone who sent in their tokens – thank you all!
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire would like to thank Bidwells Community Fund who recently presented us with a cheque for £500. Thank you so much for your support.
We have today received a further donation of £500 from The Lions Club District 105EA which takes the total donated so far to £2,250. This really is a huge sum for which we are very grateful for the generosity of the Lions Clubs. Rest assured that we will put this donation to good use, helping others and serving our communities. Huge thanks to all the Lions Clubs and Members who have assisted in raising these funds.
Welcome Peter and Thank you So much to The Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club, you made this possible, we are so very grateful. Thank you also to Honda UK for their support in supplying and preparing this fantastic Blood Bike. Very soon this bike will be seen on the roads of Suffolk delivering Blood and helping others, how cool is that!!
Serv Suffolk & Cambridgeshire would like to thank the Management, Staff & Customers of Morrisions at Great Cambourne Cambridgeshire. Our volunteers were in attendance chatting to the public about what we do and a great time was had by all. We collected £530 and for that we are very grateful and thank you very much to all involved.
Just wanted to round up our recent events and appearances around Suffolk & Cambridgeshire. We visited Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in Peterborough, where a great day was had and it was really great to see so many new members join us on their fires events day. Overall in total we collected £539.27. This weekend saw us attending events at Huntingdon Town Centre and a return To ASDA at Stoke Park Ipswich whose continued support for SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire is really appreciated. On these two events we collected £440 and £300 respectively! Wow! Quite a fantastic amount and we are so grateful to our amazing hard working members who turn out to assist at these events, we could not do what we do without you. Ad a big thank you to the staff and management of our venues, your support is really appreciated, and finally of course to the people of Suffolk & Cambridgeshire, thank you all so much for your donations and support!
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire would like to express our thanks to the Customers & Staff of The John Lewis Partnership in Peterborough who recently presented us with a cheque for £1,200. The donation is the result of the John Lewis Community Matters program where customers drop tokens in the bin of their preferred charity.
We are very grateful for this initiative, thank you very much.
Just wanted to say a big thank you to the shoppers and staff at Tesco Newmarket, we raised a whopping £520 on our collection last weekend. It was a huge success and thank you to our Bloodrunners who helped on the day.
Please help us secure grant funding by cutting out tokens in the Cambridge News and following the instructions printed in the paper. The more tokens collected for us the larger the grant we receive.
Tell all your family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, the man walking the dog on the park, anyone!!!
Attached is a poster that you can use to help drum up support and also some hints and tips on how you can get people collecting tokens for us.
Here are the key dates for you to remember:
- First token appears: Monday 3rd March 2014
- Last token appears: Saturday 29th March 2014
- Final day to hand in tokens: Friday 4th April 2014 (12pm)
- Final tokens are counted: Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th April 2014
- Cheque presentation to take place: Monday 14th April 2014
Please visit www.cambridgebs.co.uk/cashforthecommunity for further details and email if you have any questions.
The Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club has given us an extraordinarily generous donation in order for us to buy a bloodbike dedicated to the memory of Peter Mittell. For those of you who have joined in recent times, Peter was one of our members who sadly died in a motorcycle accident near Ipswich in April 2012. He was well known in the local community and regarded by all who knew him as a true gentleman. His funeral cortege was escorted by over 40 bloodbikers and a guard of honour was provided at the crematorium by his colleagues from the prison service.
The significant donation from CCMC has enabled us to order a brand new bike, delivered in SERV livery and equipped with an LED blue light system. After evaluation of different bikes, and with advice from North West Blood Bikes (NWBB), we have ordered a Honda Crossrunner for service in the east of our region. NWBB had just completed a thorough evaluation of various models and they decided to order the Honda Crossrunner. They say that the bike is very well balanced, smooth, easy to ride and, unlike our current portly BMWs, light and manoeuvrable. It is also comfortable for tall and short riders with good weather protection and it will come with a taller screen, heated grips and fairing extenders to further improve the weather protection and provide rider comfort. The picture is an approximate representation of what it will look like.
Although we have equipped this bike with blue lights for fundraising shows, we hope that members will take the opportunity to book the bike for their bloodrunning duties. We will be clarifying the criteria on our website shortly but our intention is to enable as many members as possible to experience this bike during their time with SERV.
When the bike comes into service we will be holding a short service of dedication and blessing by the chaplain at Ipswich Hospital attended by members of Pete’s family, the CCMC , and of course members of SERV will be invited. In this way we hope that Pete’s memory will continue in service with us for many years thanks to the generosity of CCMC and your efforts in doing the duties and the bloodruns.
Over the last twelve months local groups and the general public are recognising the value of our service to their communities and that we are a charity that really has a serious mission.
Our charity last year was supported by the Suffolk Land Rovers Owners Club who were impressed with our objectives and the service we provide, asked us if we could support them by having our vehicles displayed and manned on their stands and off road courses, this of course we were delighted to do.
The events at the Suffolk Show, Helvingham Hall Country Fair and Henham Steam Rally were great fun to attend and their end of season ‘Sausage Roll Meeting’ capped it off for us when, after getting very muddy and wet, they kindly presented SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire with a massive cheque for £4,065.
These guys, when they attend the shows etc, do so at their own time and expense which is very commendable. Without support from organisations such as theirs we could not continue to continue to develop and provide the services which we do as quickly as we do.
Thank You to all the SLROC members for their sterling efforts and we look forward to working with you again this year.
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire attended the first Shotley WI meeting of the year after being invited to share what we do. The lovely ladies who attended had many interesting and probing questions for us. One of them, Fran, couldn’t wait to hop on the bike for a photo together with her guide dog Rosie who insisted on being in the photo! A big thank you to them for donating £125 to SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire
We have just received the following email from Dr. Beatty at West Suffolk Hospital. We thank her very much for her kind comments, but moreover we thank our volunteers for giving up their time especially over Christmas to deliver this fantastic service. I guess we really do make a difference!
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Beatty Cynthia
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Subject: Thank you
To: Chris Smith
I just want to thank you and your team for the excellent service you provide to us and our patients. It makes a huge difference and we really appreciate the time that everyone gives to making the service possible.
Dr Cynthia Beatty – Consultant Haematologist – West Suffolk Hospital
Our intrepid BloodRunners were out and about again this Friday, this time we were at Asda Rivergate Peterborough. In attendance was our liveried car, bloodbike and wee Robbie our mini-moto blood bike. The generous people of Peterborough donated a sum total of £326.26!, We are very grateful for your support. Thank you to our guys out there particularly on a weekday – a sterling effort!
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire would like to thank Waitrose Huntingdon for their very kind donation of £519. This was raised through their community matters program, and we are very grateful for the generosity of Waitrose, their Staff & Customers. Thank you all so much.
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire wanted to say a huge thank you to all of those who helped to support getting the Precious Cargo scroll successfully through our region, with a special thank you to our operations manager for arranging all the logistics with his usual military style and precision.
Whilst it was with our hospitals it was used to raise awareness about the issues midwives face in Africa. The scroll was used to gain signatures of support and raise funds to support them. Whilst all our hospitals contributed, it’s worth mentioning that when it was with Ipswich, they managed to obtain a fantastic 1,194 signatures in 24 hours which meant that the world record of 10,000 signatures on a scroll was broken. They also raised £2,409 which included a cheque from a SERV member who presented a cheque from his school for £759 which they had donated. The rest was raised mainly by selling cakes the midwives had made! From us the scroll made its way to its final destination to the Royal College of Midwives in London.
We are very proud to have been part of something that has been recognised nationally and to know we can always rely on our truly amazing members for support – thank you all so much.
A huge thank you to Waitrose in Huntingdon, from whom we recently received £519 from their Community Matters programme. We are very grateful to Waitrose and their customers for this support – thank you so very much.
Just to let you know that there are some discounts and bargains top be found in the SERV Clothing shop which can be found on this link SERV Clothing Shop. We are hoping to run the discounts right through to Christmas, so get on there and grab a bargain!
Also keep your eyes peeled for a new range which will be added very soon with some exciting new products including new hats and thermal wear – watch this space…….
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire is pleased to support the “Bikers Christmas Toy Run”. So if any member would like to participate the details are as follows :-
- Sunday 22nd December
- Meeting at Anglesey Abbey at 9am (hopefully for bacon rolls) and briefing
- 10am start of Police escorted ride to Addenbrookes
- 10:45-11am Estimated arrival at Addenbrookes
- 11am-12pm meet the children and give the presents – Mayor of Cambridge will also be present to receive the bikers
- 12pm – disperse
Each biker and pillion will need to bring a toy, details of the list and route can be found at
On Twitter @CamToyRun13
This event is not affiliated to any particular group and we would appreciate it if only non-liveried bikes were used.
Therefore as requested by the organisers SERV jackets are NOT to be worn, and marked bikes WILL NOT be in attendance.
Just a quick post to let you all know that SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire will be a guest on the James Hazell Show, broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk this Saturday 16th November from 10:30am. Have a listen and find out what it is all about!
Yesterday SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire was out in force in Milton. Thanks to the Management and Staff who looked after us and of course to the amazing shoppers who filled our buckets with another truly astonishing amount – £1239.05! Quite remarkable. Many thanks to our BloodRunners who turned out for the day, you efforts are truly tremendous – well done to all…
Yesterday we had a fund raising event at the ASDA store in Stoke Park Ipswich. It was a good busy day with lots of support from one of the smaller ASDA stores. Our buckets were soon getting heavy and the children were having fun on the bikes. After a count up we managed to raise £541.36 which included a grand donation of £26 from some chickens – don’t ask.
I would like to thank the SERV volunteers for their help it was a grand turnout for the event and we had good fun.
Well done to the store, volunteers, and the people who gave the donations.
A huge thank you to Wheelfit Motorcycles of Waterbeach, who recently donated a Milk Box to enable us to expand our Human Donor Baby Milk transportation service across Suffolk & Cambridgeshire. We are very grateful for this sponsorship thank you so much. For more information about Wheelfit please visit their website at www.wheel-fit.co.uk, and for information about UK Association for Milk Banking please go to http://www.ukamb.org/
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire would like to welcome our 14 new members who recently underwent GMP Training at our training centre at Red Lodge. Two of these new members have volunteers as Controllers. Thanks to all our new members, we hope you enjoy your time volunteering with us.
We have been asked by the Woodlands Centre (a specialist cancer care unit) at Hinchingbrooke Hospital if we would be prepared to undertake runs to collect and return portable infusion pumps issued to patients being discharged for palliative care. Sadly patients discharged under this process are terminally ill and wish to spend their final days peacefully in a hospice or at home, and these portable pumps are used to administer pain relief and anti-vomiting medication. At over £1000 each the pumps are expensive and they have all been purchased by the Woodlands Charity to support the care of terminally ill patients. The pumps administer medication for a 24 hour period, after which they are replaced by the community or district nursing teams who are looking after the patient. The Woodlands Centre doesn’t always get them back and therefore their charity suffers a financial loss on each one that they lose. If they are returned promptly they can be cleaned, serviced and re-used.
At around 4 or 5 runs each month, collecting from either a hospice in Cambridge or Peterborough (or very occasionally a private address) and returning the pumps to Hinchingbrooke, we think this is a worthwhile and practicable activity for us to undertake, even though it is outside the urgent or emergency service that we exist to provide. Because this is outside of our normal activity members may opt out of infusion pump recovery runs by letting the Operations Manager or Membership Officer know that they would prefer not to participate. Whenever possible the duty controller will combine the return of a infusion pump with one of our blood product transportation tasks. The pumps are slightly smaller than a 2L carton of milk and will fit easily into a pannier.
Our target date to launch this service is mid- November and more details will be circulated nearer the time, however if you have any immediate questions please contact me on .
Just a quick update – we have today received a cheque for a whopping £2,500 from the Crowfield Truck Rally! Thank you so much guys, this will go towards our new Events Trailer which is in preparation and will be seen on at events around our counties soon. Just need the graphics from Crowfield Truck Rally so we can attach them to our trailer.
Huge thank you and well done to Gavin Elsey who today took part in a very wet Great Eastern Run. Gavin set up a page via BT MyDonate and nominated SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire as his charity. Gavin has so far raised an impressive £275 for his efforts. Well done Gavin and thank you very much!
Yesterday was another record breaking effort from our truly amazing bunch of Bloodrunners! Braving the cold weather an intrepid team beat the elements to collect a truly astonishing £1,333.00!!! Yep you read it right!
Thank you so much to all our amazing BloodRunners, also to Tesco Huntingdon Management & Staff who kept us warm with tea and buns, and finally to the shoppers at Tesco Huntingdon, thank you all so much this will make a huge difference.
We are really excited that our new display trailer is now nearly finished and ready for service. We are just waiting for our sponsor’s from the Crowfield Truck Rally graphics to arrive in order that it can be added to the final design. We are very grateful to the Crowfield Truck Rally who have pledged a very significant donation to allow this very significant and important purchase to happen, the trailer will wear your logo with pride! This trailer will make such a difference to our operations allowing us to attend more recruiting events which will turn attract members who will help us to deliver the very important service we offer to our hospitals free of charge at night times, bank holidays and right through the weekend 365 days a year. – Thank you so very much!
Just a quick thank you to the staff and customers of Waitrose Peterborough who donated £284 to SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire last week. This was raised through the Waitrose Community Matters Scheme – thank you so much, and keep putting those green tokens in the SERV Community Matters Bin!
On Sunday 6th October we attended the Copdock Bike Show Ipswich. It was a fantastic and very busy show. In support of Copdock Classic Bike Show we had two stands from which we were able to sell raffle tickets for the Norton Commando Motorcycle which is being offered by Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club. The proceeds from this raffle will be donated to SERV Suffolk & Cambs to help fund a new response motorcycle to serve the Suffolk area. Our stands were popular and the high turnout of SERV Volunteers to help was fantastic. It was great to see so many members, old and new who came along to help and even just to visit and say hello – thanks guys it is really appreciated.
Once again a very special thank you goes out to the amazing members and volunteers of the Copdoc Classic Motorcycle Club. Not only do you organise and present one of the premier bike shows in the country, you raise spectacular funds for charity, for which this year SERV Suffolk & Cambs will be the beneficiary. We are immensely grateful for this sponsorship and we will ensure that any donation will be put to great use in support of the local area, the NHS and of course the sick patient’s young and old who will benefit from the service we provide – thanks guys, you are simply astonishing!!
The great Carl Foggerty was at the show and Foggy agreed to endorse our service and for us to use his image on our media – thanks Carl we really appreciate your endorsement.
Thanks to all who turned up to help, from all of our regions, and to make the day a success. Besides the raffle ticket sales, the good people of Suffolk donated an additional £113 to our charity. Well done, and thank you so much to everyone.
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On Sunday we attended the Henham Steam Rally, this was in support of the Suffolk Land Rover Owners Club and the Copdock Bike Club, we very fortunate to be the chosen charity of these two organisations this year. It was well supported by our volunteers thank you all for your support. The show was very busy and the weather was very kind which resulted in a collection of £180. We are very grateful to the members of the public for their generosity. We were also delighted to hear that the Suffolk Land Rover Owners Club and the Copdock Bike Club also had a very fruitful day – so well done to them and thanks guys you are amazing!
Last weekend we were very busy – We had two groups of volunteers out and about in Cambridgeshire. First we had a presence at the BMF Tail End show, and despite the wind everyone had a great time. We also attended the Whittlesey Festival in support of the Lions organisation. We are very grateful to the members who gave up their time and the members of the public who came to speak to us – who knows we may just see some new members join us soon. So thank you all.
On the 12th September two of our members attended Stoke Park in Ipswich where they were presented with two bumper cheques, one from Asda for £200.00 and one from John Lewis for a whopping £1,100! The funds were collected as part of the stores community programs. We are very grateful to them and thank you very much.
Today we have been collecting at Sainsbury’s Oxney Road Peterborough where we collected an quite amazing amount just a few pounds short of £1,100!!!! A record for a street collection alone I think! A huge thank you to Graham, Sam and the Staff at Sainsbury’s, you have been fantastic, and thank you for inviting us back. To the members of the public who chatted with us an were so incredibly generous – than you too. And finally to our intrepid BloodRunners who attended, gave up their time and who are quite frankly awesome, thank you all so much.
A special thank you to all who helped at our stand at the Grafton Centre yesterday. Your support and enthusiasm was fundamental in making it a successful event – at least 4 potential new members and £262.54 in our collecting buckets. Well done.
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire would like to thank the Staff, Management and members of the public visiting Waitrose St Neots for their support in the Waitrose Community Matters Program (http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/community_matters/community_matters_results.html). This has resulted in a donation of £263.00, thank you so much it is really appreciated and will help us to continue our operations.
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire would like to offer a huge THANK YOU to Paul and all the guys as 2WheelJunkie as the have donated a cheque for a HUGE £200. Thank you so much guys your support is really appreciated!
On Saturday we had a fund raising collection at Bury St Edmunds’ Saturday market. The day was very busy and the weather was hot hot hot. Our Mini Moto motorcycles were a hit with the children and there was a lot of interest on volunteering with us. 17 very interested people wanting to be volunteer riders/drivers and controllers. Huge thanks to the SERV volunteers for supporting us and a big thank you to the public for their support in raising £303.90.
On Saturday we had a fund raising collection at Bury St Edmunds’ Saturday market. The day was very busy and the weather was hot hot hot. Our Mini Moto motorcycles were a hit with the children and there was a lot of interest on volunteering with us. 17 very interested people wanting to be volunteer riders/drivers and controllers. Huge thanks to the SERV volunteers for supporting us and a big thank you to the public for their support in raising £303.90.
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire would just like to express our appreciation and thanks to all who turned up on Sat to support this event. The objective was to recruit and thanks to your support we have 6 potential new members. We await to hear from 2wheeljunkie and as soon as I do I will publish the details through our website and Facebook. Our next event is at the Grafton Centre Cambridge on Sat 17 Aug – just let me know if you can spare a few hours to help. Again, thank you for your valued support.