Ahead of Saturday's game against Harrogate Town the Blood Bikes charity will be fundraising at Brunton Park.
Two motorcycles with riders and fundraisers will be at the game and taking donations via a bucket collection. We hope fans can support this.
Blood Bikes provide a free of charge efficient, professional medical transportation service to primarily aid North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. From the start in 2014 they have grown and now own six liveried motorbikes and five liveried cars based at four locations throughout northern Cumbria.
They carry urgently needed blood, samples, human tissues, breast milk, medical records and other medical requirements between hospitals and blood transfusion banks as required by the NHS. All at no charge to the NHS.
They cover Carlisle, Eden, Allerdale and Copeland Council areas of Cumbria, from Millom in the south of the county to Hexham in the east and also includes Keswick, Penrith and Appleby.
In 2021 they covered 165,000 miles moving essential items to save lives.
The group is totally self funded and all the members give their time freely, they make no charge for their services. Because of this they will save the hospitals thousands of pounds over the year; this will enable them to fund other services within the hospitals. No one in the group gets paid, every penny they get goes into running the group.
The group is always looking for volunteers to join them as riders, drivers, controllers or fund raisers, anyone interested should contact them. Sponsors are always welcome regardless of how much they can contribute, it is a very costly business running the group so any help will be appreciated.
Chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: "We are delighted to help Blood Bikes and hope our fans can be generous in helping raise funds to support the vital service in our local community that saves lives and saves the NHS money.”
Tony Rutherford, Chairperson of Blood Bikes Cumbria, said: "We would sincerely like to thank the players, staff and Carlisle United fans for giving our charity the opportunity to increase our local profile with you ahead of Saturday's game. Thank you.”
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