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Blood bikes reveal running costs

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IT costs £45,000 a year to keep the Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes on the road.

The life saving charity has revealed its running costs, following interest from the public.

Their breakdown for 2018 showed £1400 spending on fuel per month; £1500 on insurance for the cars and bikes per month; and tyres and servicing costs £800 every month.

Commenting further, a spokesman said: “On top of this, we aim to replace the older bikes and cars to ensure we have the most reliable vehicles on the road. To enable us to do that we have had grants from the NHS Endowment Fund, Dumfries and Galloway Council Community Safety Fund, Morrison’s, Tesco, Castle Maclellan and also Russell Roof Tiles, who have made an annual donation for the last three years.

“Unlike some other charities, we have no paid staff, therefore all of our members are volunteers and give their time freely.

“Furthermore, we have no premises thus no overheads and the garages we use for the vehicles have been donated for the use of the space, hence we are able to say that all of the funds raised throughout the community ensure that we can keep the wheels turning as safely as possible for the patients of the NHS.”

The group also revealed they are always looking for new sponsors and appealed to companies and individuals in the region to consider supporting their costs, which also include safety equipment and rider/driver training.

The spokesman added: “Finally, we would like to give a massive thank you to all that have supported us, no matter how small or large the donation, every penny is a help.”

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