SERV Wessex Winter Talk
Southern Section diary
Southern Section diary
As our nominated charity for 2018, it was apposite that for our first Winter Talk of the year we invited SERV Wessex (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) to present to us. Steve Waters, retired Police motorcyclist, SERV Trainer, and IAM/ROSPA Bike Assessor, gave us a fascinating insight into the organisation.
Working under the umbrella of The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, SERV Wessex supports the NHS by providing volunteer riders to transport anything from blood and platelets, to frozen human donated milk for neo natal patients, and even medical equipment, out of hours.
Steve Waters from SERV Wessex
The service is offered between 19.00 hours and 06.00 weekdays, weekends, and bank holidays and during 2017, provided 1,458 call outs with volunteers covering 110, 930 miles. SERV Wessex riders are all IAM or ROSPA qualified riders and offer their services free of charge with over 70% of the runs being at their own cost. The SERV network receives no financial support from Government sources and has no paid employees.
The majority of the runs are for bloods and use war-zone developed packaging that simply straps onto the rack or rear seat of the bike. Following a call to the SERVS Duty Controller, the rostered rider will collect from a designated hospital or service centre and take the consignment to wherever it is required. The ride can be anything from a regular drop and collect between Southampton and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance base at Thruxton Airfield, hospital to hospital within the Wessex region, or even out of the area to St. Georges Hospital, Tooting, a major trauma centre, or to Filton, Bristol, a specialist blood analysis service.
Steve’s presentation was both informative and entertaining and The Club was proud to present SERV Wessex with a cheque for £215 at the end of the afternoon. This comprised £100 from the club plus a further £115 collected in donations from the attendees and proceeds from the Bring & Buy Sales.
For further information about SERV Wessex or to find out about volunteering, please go to the SERV Wessex website
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Letter of thanks received from SERV Wessex for our donations