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Lancashire blood bikers to appear on National Lottery show
8:00am Saturday 15th June 2013 in News
A GROUP of bikers who spend their nights saving lives will star on national television tonight.
Volunteers from the North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes Service are the latest ‘National Lottery Heroes’ - inspirational people using lottery funding to improve the lives of others.
The bikers give up their nights to transport urgently needed blood, drugs and human tissues between hospitals across the north west, from Chester up to the Lake District. They include Scott Miller, the service’s fund-raising manager from Blackburn, and 39-year-old IT consultant Scott Cassidy from Burnley.
Scott said: “I’ve got my own company and I have done all my bike tests, so I wanted to give something back. I decided to get in touch with Blood Bikers about ten months ago - and I’m now the east area manager as well.”
Paul Brooks, chairman of the service, said: "We realised that we could use our hobby to the best possible use: saving lives and ensuring more money goes on patient care. National Lottery players should be proud that they are funding good causes like ours.
“It is great for everyone involved in our work to get this national recognition. I hope it will help raise even more money to keep the service going strong."
The North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes Service is one of 400,000 good causes across the UK funded by the £30 billion that National Lottery players have raised since the Lottery started in 1994.
Jackie O'Sullivan, director of The National Lottery Good Causes, said the bikers were inspirational: "These volunteers combine their passion for biking with a strong desire to help others. They are able to move quicker through the traffic than taxis, which would have to be used if the bikers didn't ride to the rescue. The bikers receive no health service funding so money raised by National Lottery players bought them a new bike for their night time missions."
Their story will be shown on The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws at 9.10pm on BBC One.
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