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Blood bikers clock up the miles in corona crisis

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VOLUNTEERS at Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes (DGBB) have covered 25,000 miles this month – the same as riding around the world.

Since going live in 2015, DGBB volunteers have provided support for NHS patients, free of charge and with the current coronavirus crisis, runs have become more frequent.

Volunteer and former chairman Dave Hook said: “In June 2015 we completed 16 runs for the NHS. In February 2020 we completed 136 runs or a total of about 22,000 miles. In March we responded to 160 calls, this equates to about 25,000 miles, to put this into context, the mileage covered in March is the same as riding around the world.

“Our dedicated riders, drivers and controllers have really stepped up to the challenge. We always have a controller and a minimum of three riders or drivers on call at the moment covering 24/7.”

Up until the start of the crisis DGBB was one of the only Blood Bike groups nationwide to provide a 24/7, 365 days a year service.

There’s been some changes to the DGBB this month too. Judith Sauberlich has been named new chairman, replacing Mr Hook who stands down to a support and development role. Mr Hook added: “We have to say a huge thank you to local garages who have remained open providing us with vital support in keeping our fleet of 12 motorcycles and seven cars serviced and roadworthy.”

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