Reflex Vehicle Hire is donating a second vehicle to Blood Bikes to help the charity respond to extensive demand to transport samples during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Blood Bikes is a nationwide network of groups of volunteer riders and drivers who offer a rapid response service to support the NHS and wider community with delivery of everything from human milk to patient records; it’s also now delivering samples to test for Coronavirus as part of the UK’s fightback against the virus.
The charity’s fleet spans from motorbikes ridden by specially trained volunteer riders, to vans used to move bigger items or in colder weather.
Reflex Vehicle Hire initially supported the Leicestershire and Rutland division of Blood Bikes with a Mercedes-Benz Citan and it is now adding a second van, again provided with full livery and signwriting as part of the ‘Ready for Work’ service.
The vans are fitted as standard with telematics, dashcams and tyre pressure sensors to enhance road safety under Reflex Vehicle Hire’s Drive with Reflex initiative.
Jonathan Bostock, operations manager for the Leicestershire and Rutland division of Blood Bikes, said: “The support we have received from Reflex Vehicle Hire is transformative. The provision of vehicles is just the start, as their involvement has really raised awareness of the charity and led to support from other organisations, such as tyre providers, which helps enormously.
“The support from Reflex has been such a step change for our organisation and we can’t thank them enough.”
The donated vans, worth a combined £40,000, will be used throughout the Leicestershire and Rutland region, visiting hospitals including Leicester Royal Infirmary and Addenbrookes (Queens Medical Centre).
Lisa Spong, sales director of Reflex Vehicle Hire, said: “Blood Bikes provides vital support for the NHS and we are delighted to help their cause, both with vehicles and by raising industry awareness about their fantastic work.
“As the workload of Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes increases, we are delighted to provide a second vehicle so they can continue their important work, particularly as they respond to the current pandemic.”
Donations can be made to Leicestershire and Rutland Bikes by visiting their PayPal page: https://www.paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/113510