West Lancs Freemasons' donate two new BMW motorbikes to North West Blood Bikes
TONY Harrison the leader of the Freemasons in West Lancashire presented two new BMW R1200RT-P motorbikes to North West Blood Bikes on Wednesday, April 11 at the NWBB headquarters in Bamber Bridge.
The Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, along with two of his Assistant Provincial Grand Masters – David Winder Kevin Poynton and Steve Kayne (CEO of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity) formally handed over the two new liveried motorbikes, which the Freemasons purchased for just over £40,000 to Paul Brooks (NWBB Chairman), Lee Townsend (vice chairman) Simon Hanson (NWBB Fleet manager) and Martin Walsh (Area manager) and Martin Walsh Martin Walsh (NWBB Area Manager West).
Tony said: “I am delighted to be able to present these motorbikes on behalf of the Freemasons in West Lancs to North West Blood Bikes as they will help them in the vital role they play in supporting the NHS in their work.”
Simon said: “Since my appointment I have been working with Honda, BMW and multiple charities and local businesses to replace the fleet of 12 liveried motorbikes, as they had mostly done over 80,000 miles and in some cases were over eight years old when I was appointed as the fleet manager.
“This very generous donation by the Freemasons in West Lancashire completes my renewal plan and they along with the other new motorbikes will greatly reduce the number of breakdowns we have been having with our old fleet. It will also increase our ability to support the NHS out of normal hours (7pm to 2am) in the week and 24/7 at weekends.” Simon then presented Tony and Steve with a certificate of thanks for the donation of the two motorbikes.
Paul said “I am really grateful for the support we receive from all our sponsors especially from the Freemasons as they have not only donated these two wonderful motorbikes, many of their members support us by giving their time working as NWBB riders.”
North West Blood Bikes respond to over 1,000 calls a month, which their 350 volunteers respond to using their own motorbikes and cars and the liveried motorbikes. The 12 liveried motorbikes are used for calls that involve Motorway, long distances, during rush hours and calls moving urgent blood samples and other lifesaving items.
They have five bases in the North West: North (Lancaster Kendal and Barrow), Central (Preston and Chorley), West (Ormskirk and Southport), Flyde (Blackpool and Flyde) and East (Blackburn and Burnley). Two liveried motorbikes are located in each base with three in the North.