College supports Blood Bikes Easter Egg collection for children in hospital

Shrewsbury College has teamed-up with Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes (SSBB) to collect Easter Eggs for children’s wards at PRH and RSH hospitals in time for Easter.

Donna Lucas, Assistant Principal for Human Resource Development, said: “The College is delighted to support this worthy charity appeal by collecting Easter Eggs. Over the last few weeks staff have been buying an extra egg to donate to this cause and bringing them in. We now have tens  eggs and there are still a few weeks to go. We hope that the children who receive them enjoy them this Easter.

“Students from the Public Uniformed Services course, which prepares students for careers across a wide field including in the Armed Forces, Police Force, Prison Service, Ambulance Service, Fire Service or HM Customs and Excise, have enjoyed meeting with the Blood Bikes team and finding out about the good work that they do.”
The Easter Egg run is the brain-child of Howard Jones from Telford, a volunteer rider for SSBB, who decided to organise the motorcycle ride on Sunday13 April in support of the charity. Departing from Montford Bridge café at 11:00, the motorcyclists will ride past both the RSH and PRH hospitals, to finish at the Black Swan in Jackfield. The cost per rider is £2 with the Easter Eggs collected being delivered to the children’s wards in time for Easter.

Howard Jones said: “This is a great opportunity for bikers to get together and help to put a smile on the faces of children who will be spending Easter in hospital”

SSBB Chairman, Chris Powdrill added: “We are delighted for the support we have received from the students at Shrewsbury College and have been talking to those on the Public Service course about the voluntary Blood Bikes, the emergency out-of-hours delivery service operated in support of the NHS with specially equipped motorcycles.

“The volunteer riders have all passed an Advanced Motorcycle Test and are independently assessed by an ex-Police Motorcycle Instructor before being qualified to ride for the Blood Bikes service”.

SSBB operates all year on a 24/7 basis but primarily provides the NHS with a voluntary out-of-hours emergency service for delivering blood and urgently required medical items, including microbiological samples and donor breast milk for sick and premature babies.

If you would like to support Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes, or take part in the Easter Egg ride on 13 April, click here

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