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6000 Deliveries

Last Monday we completed our 6000th delivery since the charity was set up in 2010.

Every delivery was free to the NHS and completed by volunteers.

Congratulations to controller Mick T for being at the helm for this delivery and responder Les H for performing it.

By | 2018-09-24T05:53:13+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on 6000 Deliveries

Ipswich Trefoil Guild Donation

Thank you to the Ipswich Trefoil Guild for their kind donation of £40.

Last night SERVSC members Paul S and Maria C gave a presentation to the Ipswich Trefoil Guild about the work that we do and the donation was given to us after the presentation.

By | 2018-07-25T21:16:39+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Ipswich Trefoil Guild Donation

Peterborough City Centre

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at Peterborough City Centre on Saturday.

Your generous donations came to a grand total of £412.07!

Thanks also to Miss Peterborough for speaking to our team and posing on one of our bloodbikes.

By | 2018-07-25T21:13:34+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Peterborough City Centre

Cash for the Community – Votes Needed!

We’re in the final and we need your help again.

A massive thank you to everyone who voted for us in the last round of voting of Cash for the Community.

We are now one of 15 finalists in the running to win a share of a £12,000 donation.

Paper tokens will be available to collect in every issue of the Cambridge News from Tuesday 24th July – Friday 10th August. These tokens can be handed in to the Cambridge Building Society and the more tokens we get, the bigger share of the £12,000 donation we will receive.

Please vote for us to help us win. This money will help us replace one of our older liveried bloodbikes.

More information about how to vote will be provided nearer the time.

By | 2018-07-25T21:09:45+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Cash for the Community – Votes Needed!

Stow Cum Quay Rally

Thank you to everyone who came to see us and to those who donated at the Stow cum Quy Steam Rally last weekend.

Your donations came to a grand total of £196.26

By | 2018-07-25T21:06:52+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Stow Cum Quay Rally

Lowestoft Classic Car Club Rally

Thank you to everyone who came to see us and donated at Lowestoft Classic Car Club Rally on 15th July.

A special thank you to the Lowestoft Classic Car Club for the donation of £50

All of your kind donations came to a grand total of £174.94!

By | 2018-07-25T21:05:26+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Lowestoft Classic Car Club Rally

Holme WI Donation

Thank you to the Holme WI for their continued support and generous donation of £50.

One of our members, John G gave a talk on 5th July on his USA Coast-to-Coast motorcycle trip and received the donation afterwards. It was an engaging and cheerful group of over 20 members who made it a very enjoyable evening.

By | 2018-07-25T21:02:43+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Holme WI Donation

Tesco Bury St Edmunds

A huge thank you to the very generous customers of Tesco Bury St Edmunds who donated a grand total of £444.50 to us on Saturday during our store fundraiser.

Your very kind donations will help us keep delivering the blood products and donor milk to hospitals throughout Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

By | 2018-07-25T21:00:09+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Tesco Bury St Edmunds

Donation of a New Minimoto

One of our newest members Graham P learnt about us using mini motos at our fundraising events and this set him thinking as he knew the whereabouts of a friends redundant bike.

The next day the bike was delivered to Ipswich and then onto Steve C to do his magic in turning it into a blood bike.

On behalf of SERVSC a huge thank you to Graham P and the bike donors Steve & Dawn. It is very much appreciated!

By | 2018-07-25T20:57:26+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Donation of a New Minimoto

Copdock Bike Show – 7 October 2018

3 months to go until the Copdock Motorcycle Show.

Put this one in your diary, this year is looking to be as great as ever.

We look forward to seeing you there!

By | 2018-07-25T20:54:05+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Copdock Bike Show – 7 October 2018

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme – Votes Needed!

Please vote for us in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme and help us win a grant of up to £4000!

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

Don’t forget to ask for a token if the cashier forgets to give you one as every token counts!

We need your help in the following stores:

– IPSWICH, COPDOCK IP8 3TS Extra Store
– IPSWICH DUKE ST IP3 0BF Express Store
– IPSWICH FOXHALL IP3 8LH Express Store
– IPSWICH NACTON RD IP3 9NA Express Store
– IPSWICH NORWICH RD IP1 4BP Express Store
– IPSWICH ST MATTHEWS ST IP1 3EW Express Store
– MANNINGTREE COLCHESTER CO11 1AJ Express Store
– WESTBOURNE IPSWCH IP1 5BD Express Store

By | 2018-07-25T21:21:11+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Tesco Bags of Help Scheme – Votes Needed!

Essex & Suffolk Borders Region Jaguar Enthusiast Club

Paul Skinner from SERVSC and Keith Weller from Essex Bloodrunners held a joint talk to The Essex & Suffolk Borders Region Jaguar Enthusiast Club on 2nd July.

We were made very welcome and around 40 club members enjoyed listening to ‘what we do’. We received a very kind donation of £100 from the clubs Chairman, Geoff Short and from the clubs members a very generous donation of £174. Both of these donations have been shared between the two charities.

Many thanks to the Jaguar Club and members for kind their support.

By | 2018-07-25T20:46:05+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Essex & Suffolk Borders Region Jaguar Enthusiast Club

Castle Hill School Fete

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at the Castle Hill School fete.

Your generous donations came to a grand total of £152.76!

We hope you’re enjoying your teddies from the Teddy tombola.

By | 2018-07-25T20:40:25+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Castle Hill School Fete

Wisbech Armed Forces Day

A massive thank you to everyone who spoke with us at Wisbech Armed Forces day on 24th June. Your kind donations came to a grand total of £180.07.

As Veterans, two of our members were even invited to take the Marchpast Salute during the parade!

By | 2018-07-25T20:22:38+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Wisbech Armed Forces Day

Needham Market Raft Race

A huge thank you to everyone who came to see us at the Needham Market Raft Race on 24th June and donated a total of £225.28!

Thank you also to Cllr Dawn Spurling, Town Mayor of Needham Market for chatting to us and posing for a photo with one of our bloodbikes.

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By | 2018-07-25T20:15:46+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Needham Market Raft Race

SERVSC Looking For New Fundraising Members

Do you have time on your hands, mainly at weekends and would like to join our highly valued volunteer fundraisers?

We have opportunities for volunteers to help in the Cambridge and Peterborough areas with event logistics and supporting events on behalf of SERVSC.

If you would like to see the varied events we attend, please go to our website at https://servsc.org.uk/events/

If you have time to spare and would like to find out more about volunteering for SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire as a fundraiser, please contact us via our website at https://servsc.org.uk/contact/ or

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

By | 2018-07-25T20:09:31+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on SERVSC Looking For New Fundraising Members

Simon B Cycling Challenge

On 17th June SERV volunteer Simon Browne completed the 2nd of 3 cycling challenges he is taking part in to raise money for SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

For this challenge Simon cycled from London to Brighton AND BACK! Here is how Simon got on:

“I was promised sunshine and 21 degrees on the morning for the cycle ride to Brighton and I got cloudy, cold and rain! With 15,000 cyclists raising money for the British Heart Foundation and numerous personal other good causes we set off for a relaxed and fun ride to the coast…Well, at least until Ditchling Beacon just outside Brighton which is a sizeable hill to test the mettle! Once conquered it was a nice 7 mile run into the seaside town and the finish line. Just time to collect the medal and a turnaround to start the journey back. Total miles for the day was 110 so a good stretch of the legs. Prudential 100 to follow on 29th July around London and Surrey.”

Anyone kind enough to consider a donation to SERVSC and show their support for Simon, please go to:
BTmyDonate/fundraisers/simonbrowne1

By | 2018-07-25T20:07:21+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Simon B Cycling Challenge

Donate Your Old Mobile Phone to SERVSC

SERVSC are now in a position to collect any old mobile phones or Sat Navs.

They don’t even need to be in a working condition!

If you have any mobile phones or Sat Navs to donate to our cause they can be donated to our volunteers at any of the events we attend. Alternatively, use the ‘Contact Us’ function on our website (www.servsc.org.uk/contact) and one of our team will be in touch to detail how you can donate your device.

**All phones will be reset to factory settings and the memory cache cleared upon donation.**

By | 2018-07-08T22:10:38+00:00 July 8th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Donate Your Old Mobile Phone to SERVSC

Great Glemham Charities Fete

SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire attended the Great Glemham Charities Fete on 16 June 2018 where we raised £59.51

Thank you to all those who attended the event and came to speak to us!

By | 2018-07-25T19:57:12+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Great Glemham Charities Fete

RAF Association Donation

A huge thank you to Maureen and everyone at the RAF Association in Stowmarket for their donation of £60.15.

We were invited to present on the work we do at SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire on 6th June and we received this very kind donation as a result.

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By | 2018-06-11T07:17:56+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on RAF Association Donation

Volunteers Week Feature #7

Our final volunteer feature for Volunteers Week 2018 is on one of our controllers, Caroline Stanger. Here are a few words from Caroline on why she volunteers for SERV.

“I’ve been a volunteer controller for SERV for about 18 months. I heard about the organisation from a friend and was fascinated – I’ve had an emergency blood transfusion myself but never thought about how the blood made its way to the hospital! I work mainly from home and the controller’s role fits in really well – all I need is a mobile phone and a computer. Since joining I have really enjoyed being a controller – even the late night calls! – although I must admit to worrying until I know everyone is safely home after a run! As well as providing an essential service SERV is a great community – everyone looks out for everybody else!”

By | 2018-06-07T11:16:47+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Volunteers Week Feature #7

Volunteers Week Feature #6

Our sixth Volunteers Week feature is on another of our new responders, Matthew Watkins. Here are a few words from Matthew on why he volunteers for SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire:

“I am a new SERV member and have enjoyed every minute of it so far. I have been in to bikes all my life so this seemed a good way to give back to a service that I am aware is used by bikers. I have been a blood doner for a number of years and have a lot of family and friends who work at West Suffolk Hospital so again I am often reminded how important blood and other blood products are. I feels good to give back and I can’t wait to get involved at the shows to promote the good work that SERV undertake.”

By | 2018-06-06T07:25:00+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Volunteers Week Feature #6

Volunteers Week Feature #5

Our next Volunteers Week feature is on one of our responders, Logan Crawford. Here are a few words from Logan on why he volunteers for SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire:

“I have been a member of SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire since 2012 and would not let a little thing like a lack of motorised transport get in the way of a blood run. Like many I have benefited from the exemplary standards of care provided by the NHS, not least rather a large amount of the main product we carry! It’s great to feel that in however a small way I can give something back.”

 

By | 2018-06-05T07:37:34+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Volunteers Week Feature #5

Volunteers Week Feature #4

Robert Day, one of our new responders, is our fourth Volunteers Week feature. Here are a few words from Robert to explain why he volunteers for SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire:

“SERV is an organisation that I have always been interested in since its inception locally. Whilst working and heavily involved for 25 years with an Advanced Motorcycling Organisation in a training capacity, I was unable to meet the commitment needed.

Since retirement from work I have also retired from motorcycle training and subsequently become a volunteer in my local community with various projects within that community.

With the ability to now commit to becoming a SERV blood runner I applied and after a period of waiting due to over subscription in my area I have now been trained and am active.

Further to wanting to volunteer and in the meantime my youngest grandson at 3 years old contracted Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and underwent weeks of treatment at the wonderful Addenbrookes hospital from where I now collect blood products to transport to other hospitals in the region via the SERV team.”

By | 2018-06-04T08:56:03+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Volunteers Week Feature #4

Volunteers Week Feature #3

Our third feature of Volunteer Week is Vici Hadfield, one of our controllers. Here are a few words for Vici on why she volunteers for SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire:

“I heard about SERV through a friend who is a volunteer. I had no idea what they did so I had a look in to it and I quickly learned of the amazing work they do. I have many friends and family who have needed various blood products over the years and wanted to be involved. I am now a volunteer controller which is perfect for me, as I can take calls from home while my daughter is in bed. I’m so glad I got involved as I have met some amazing people and really feel like I’m making a difference.”

By | 2018-06-03T09:01:42+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Volunteers Week Feature #3

Volunteers Week Feature #2

Our next Volunteer Week feature is on one of our responders, Paul Firman. Here are a few words from Paul on why he volunteers for SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire:

“I am in my third year of being a blood biker and thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. Why did I become a voluntary blood biker in the first place? Well I retired from work and being a passionate biker I wanted to do something to help others. My wife used to work in the NHS and I was well aware of how stretched financially they are. Voluntary blood biking clearly fitted the bill. Not only does it save NHS money but we deliver items that make a real difference for someone, someone we will never know but that is not important, the important part is that I have made a difference.

There are many times when I know the item I am transporting has been needed quickly but one that sticks in my mind is when I delivered platelets to a hospital late one night and the pathology lab rep explained they were destined for a 21 year old suffering from bone cancer. That made me so proud to be part of an organisation that can make such a difference. The picture is of me at Peterborough City Hospital at 11:30pm after just delivering some platelets. I finally got home at 00:30am after that run, tired but elated I had helped.

We run many events to raise the much needed funds to keep our organisation running and I get involved in as many as I can as. We would not exist without the kind donations from the public and businesses.”

By | 2018-06-02T09:16:38+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Volunteers Week Feature #2

It’s Volunteers Week!

Today marks the start of Volunteers Week, which takes place until 7th June. SERV Suffolk and Cambridgeshire would like to thank all of our volunteers for their amazing dedication and fantastic work they do for us 365 days a year.

From 1st – 7th June we will be posting features on some of our members. For today’s feature meet one of our new volunteer responders, Stephen Wright. Here are a few words from Stephen on why he volunteers for SERVSC:

I joined SERV so I could feel like I was putting something back to the NHS. I Lost my mum last year and although we raised (and still are) nearly £1000 for the McMillan nurses at WSH, I felt I wanted to do a bit more. I saw a feature on Facebook some time ago and then decided to apply and see if I could join. Eventually I did and I’m glad I did as it makes me feel like I’m making a difference.

   

By | 2018-06-01T20:14:19+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on It’s Volunteers Week!

Continued Support from TSB Ramsey

A big thank you once again to the staff at TSB Ramsey for their continued support to raise funds for us. TSB Ramsey chose us as their supported charity for 2017-2018.

On 15 May 2018 we were presented with a cheque for £470.68, bringing the total raised by TSB Ramsey to £669.48.

Further details on TSB community partnerships can be found at www.tsb.co.uk/community-partnerships

By | 2018-05-22T12:42:12+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|Comments Off on Continued Support from TSB Ramsey