Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes work with hospitals across the regions to provide a vital transportation service. The charity, which makes thousands of life-saving deliveries every year, is manned entirely by volunteers and relies on donations to keep going.
Pamela Bowker, Fundraising Coordinator said, “Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a donation of £1000 by the Cadent Foundation as part of their Connecting Communities Programme. It will help our charity enormously, as we have had to recently replace two of our Blood Bikes due to very high mileage.
“With our voluntary riders they have helped many patients over their years of service transporting blood and blood products, blood samples, specimens and swabs, medicines, equipment and donor breast milk. More recently they have been transporting Covid 19 swabs for testing both day and night to help the NHS in its fight against this terrible enemy.”
Julia Dwyer, Director of the Cadent Foundation, said: “Over the last 12 months, the need to come together and support each other has never been more important. We wanted to ensure Cadent customers and colleagues were given the chance to help care for their local community by nominating and voting for charities which were close to their hearts.
“The ‘Connecting Colleagues, Customers and Communities’ initiative has been a huge success with 14 charities shortlisted and more than 1000 customers taking part in the voting process. The project has grown from strength to strength as a direct result of the ongoing focus, commitment and support from colleagues across the North West. It has allowed us to focus on where help is needed the most and offer grants to projects where we can make a real difference.”
Two other local good causes also received grants from Cadent. Liverpool disability charity, Greenbank, based in Aigburth and The Whitechapel Centre, based in Liverpool city centre, which is the leading homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region, both received grants.
The Cadent Foundation is funded by local gas network Cadent, and has been established to support projects large and small that help people living in vulnerable situations and disadvantaged communities; protect and preserve the natural environment or support in creating a sustainable energy future for all. For more information on the Cadent Foundation, visit www.cadentfoundation.com
Main image: One of the blood transportation bikes at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Bebington. This bike was donated by Wallasey Lions. Courtesy of Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes.
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