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Bravo 9 RIDING FOR LIFE

£7,572 of £9,500 goal

Raised by 120 people in 14 months
Created 7 May 2018
Thank You for taking the time to click on my Fundraising Campaign link "Bravo 9 RIDING FOR LIFE."   The title hopefully speaks for itself.   As a Blood Bike Volunteer Rider, I have the enormous privilege of undertaking these IMPORTANT and sometimes LIFE SAVING  duties on behalf of the NHS.    Sadly, we receive no external grants to provide this FREE out of hours service on their behalf and so have to source funds ourselves.  I have taken it upon myself to attempt to fund the running costs of Bravo 9, which is the BLOOD BIKE for the West Devon Team, for 12 months.  My estimation is £6,500 but, of course, I hope that the Campaign will exceed this amount.  

We are made up of Volunteer Riders who have to fund our own Advanced Licence's and complete a Check Ride before we are permitted to undertake the primary function of the Charity on the Kawasaki 1400 GTR's - fully liveried Blood Bikes.   Most Riders also work full time jobs too before undertaking the Duties of 1700-0700 Monday to Friday and 24-hours over every weekend in all weathers. 

On a daily basis we collect and deliver bloods and samples from several local Doctors Surgeries, URGENT samples from the Plymouth Dialysis Unit at Roborough and anywhere else within the County for the NHS as directed by our Volunteer Call Handlers.
 
As well as this, we remain on call throughout the night of the Duty for other URGENT issues such as Emergency Resupplying of Donor Breast Milk to Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units (NICU) both in Derriford and Treliske (Truro).  This undertaking gives premature babies, of just 24 weeks gestation onwards, the greatest chances of survival.  The milk is relayed down from Bristol to Derriford or onward relay travel as requested. 

These parts of our Duty are extremely satisfying but my more recent activities have really highlighted to me just how good involvement with this Charity really is.

Not so long ago, I was tasked to be at a particular hospital during the early hours to assist with a major harvesting of Donor Organs.   It was a mixed emotional event for me.  I was acutely aware that in order to save life, someone sadly had to lose theirs.   After a long drive, I personally delivered the Organ that we had transported to the Renal Unit where the recipient was waiting to have this chance of life.  To me, this was, and is, a HUGE privilege to be part of. 

More recently, I was again tasked with an early start at another hospital, during my off shift this time, to transport a patients’ final bloods, before transplant, for onward travel to the Capital.   RIDING FOR LIFE again, I covered 220 miles on BRAVO 9 in a 'comparatively short period' to do my part before handing over to the East Team for the remainder of the journey.   Another successful transplant was reported to have then taken place.

The thought of 'RIDING FOR LIFE' is an INCREDIBLE feeling and one I would certainly urge others to get involved in.   

For those who never have enough time, my favourite quote comes from the wonderful George and Betty Ross in Falmouth:  "The most valuable gift you can give is time ....................................................................................................... given freely."  Why not come and give some of yours too.

Raising awareness of what we do is equally important and to those who I invited to like the Devon Free Wheelers Facebook Page and to support us, Thank You for looking and Thank You to those who have donated.  It is also important through this awareness that if you see a BLOOD BIKE approaching from behind you that you please make the effort to let it passed.   It may not be your bloods, samples, babies breast milk or transplant items this time but it will be someone elses.   THANK YOU
  
As stated, I am part of the West Devon Team and I ride BRAVO 9 (below), the subject of this fundraiser. 
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Although it is the Charity's bike, I am fully aware that there are substantial costs involved in keeping it on the road, keeping me and my fellow Riders of the West Team safe and, of course, enabling us to continue RIDING FOR LIFE.   

It is with this is in mind that I hope I can call upon friends near and far to assist me in funding BRAVO 9 to keep it on the road for another 12 months.   You don't have to go mad, but please feel free to if you are happy to do so.   
Donating  £5 will fuel the bike for up to 70 miles of vital travel which will be a great help.

THANK YOU SO MUCH if you are able to support me but if not, please share this as wide and why consider joining us as a Rider, a Driver, a Fundraiser or a Call Handler.   

DO SOMETHING GREAT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO SOMEONE IN NEED TODAY.

THANK YOU
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Good Afternoon All.
This is a quick email to say a HUGE THANK YOU to you WONDERFUL Supporters. Unfortunately, due to reasons beyond my control, I have to close this fundraiser down and transfer it to Just Giving with the headline "Blood Bike Bravo 9 - RIDING FOR LIFE".
I intend to keep the funds trickling in so please feel free to share a little more if you are feeling flush any month.
Please also feel free to share the revised Campaign far and wide.
THANK YOU ALL SINCERELY.
RIDING FOR LIFE
Steve
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I forgot, if anyone has any relevant queries about the Campaign, please drop me an email chopsm45@gmail.com
This page will close in 7 days
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Ok, so it's been a little while since last I did an update. The current total as you can see has broken through the £3k barrier which is quite pleasing although it still remains a challenge to get people to see what this Charity and its Volunteers really do and in so doing, and donate to this Cause.

I am, however, grateful to ALL who have made the leap so far and supported this especially Manor Lodge Residential Home in Exmouth who continue to Sponsor me at £50 per month - Thank You Ray Lovegrove and the Team.

After a little break for personal reasons I am back in the saddle tomorrow 12/11/18 to attend a fundraiser by the wonderful Geoff and Marie at Sew Enchanting in Princetown, Dartmoor who were one of the early bird significant Donators. On Thursday Bravo 9 and I will be at the Torpoint Community College for an awareness day. It looks like this will not only be an opportunity to make a couple of bob, but it may well lead to a MUFTI according to its organiser, Jen Childs. This will mean that all 3 local schools will have supported this important Campaign.

Sadly, both HMS Ships Queen Elizabeth and Albion have had their fundraising pulled by the Powers that be aboard which is extremely disappointing. Daniel Bladen on QE had put much time and effort into his support campaign, Bravo 9 was ridden to the ship to raise awareness prior to deployment, some incredible raffle prizes were sorted by Dan and then it was vetoed.
Ryan Spiller was also working hard to support this but again it seems to have been vetoed aboard Albion. From the times when I was aboard when you could raise money for any Concern you liked - all seems to have changed now. It seems that unless it is an ‘authorised’ Ships Charity - you have dipped!!!! I remain grateful to Dan and Ryan though for trying. I will get around it on some Ship someday.

And so to finish on a positive note: next Thursday the Band of Her Majesties Royal Marines Plymouth have kindly agreed to support the Bravo 9 Go Fund Me Campaign by permitting us to hold a raffle and conduct a collection. It is hoped to make between £200-300 - fingers crossed. I am again grateful to HMS Raleigh and the Band for supporting me in such a way.
Finally, and again a positive note, the West Country Gunner & Missile Instructors Association have agreed with my Presidential choice to support the Go Fund Me Campaign. This will guarantee a further £500 for the pot.

Thanks again to EVERYONE who has already supported us already.
Please feel free to share this Campaign far and wide after all, we ride far and wide as Volunteers in all weathers to save lives.
ONE DAY IT COULD BE YOURS OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW.
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Ok, so it's been a little while since last I did an update. The current total as you can see has broken through the £3k barrier which is quite pleasing although it still remains a challenge to get people to see what this Charity and its Volunteers really do and in so doing, donating to this Cause.
I am grateful for ALL who have made the leap and supported this especially Manor Lodge in Exmouth who continue to Sponsor me at £50 per month - Thank Ray Lovegrove and Team.
After a little break for personal reasons I am back in the saddle tomorrow 12/11/18 to attend a fundraiser by the wonderful Geoff and Marie at Sew Enchanting in Princetown, Dartmoor who were one of the early bird significant Donators. On Thursday Bravo 9 and I will be at the Torpoint Community College for an awareness day. It looks like this will not only be an opportunity to make a couple of bob, but it may well lead to a MUFTI according to its organiser Jen Childs. This will mean that all 3 local schools will have supported this important Campaign.
Sadly, both HMS Ships Queen Elizabeth and Albion have had their fundraising pulled by the Powers that be aboard which is extremely disappointing. Daniel Bladen had put much time and effort into his support campaign, Bravo 9 was ridden to the ship to raise awareness, some incredible raffle prizes were sorted by Dan and then it was vetoed.
Ryan Spiller was also working hard to support this but again it seems to have been vetoed. From the times when I was aboard when you could raise money for any Concern you liked - all seems to have changed. It seems that unless it is an authorised Ships Charity - you have dipped!!!!
I remain grateful to Dan and Ryan though for trying. I will get around it on some Ship one day.
And so to finish on a positive note: next Thursday the Band of Her Majesties Royal Marines Plymouth have kindly agreed to support the Bravo 9 Go Fund Me Campaign by permitting us to hold a raffle and conduct a collection. It is hoped to make between £200-300 fingers crossed. I am again grateful to HMS Raleigh and the Band for supporting me in such a way.
Finally, and again a positive note, the West Country Gunner & Missile Instructors Association have agreed with my Presidential choice to support the Go Fund Me Campaign. This will guarantee a further £500 for the pot.
Thanks again to EVERYONE who has already supported us.
Please feel free to share this Campaign far and wide after all, we ride far and wide as Volunteers in all weathers to save lives.
ONE DAY IT COULD BE YOURS OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW.
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£7,572 of £9,500 goal

Raised by 120 people in 14 months
Created 7 May 2018
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Devon Freewheelers
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