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Blood bike

Blood bikes is the informal name for a type of emergency medical service in the United Kingdom and Ireland, who provide voluntary motorcycle courier services to hospitals and other healthcare providers, to help with the transport of urgent blood, tissue and organs.



Blood bikes have been in operation in England since 1962 when Margaret Ryerson and her husband formed the Emergency Volunteer Service (EVS) in Surrey. In 1969 this was followed by the Freewheelers youth community action group in Stevenage which initially served hospitals in Stevenage, Luton, Dunstable, Bedford and Hitchin. These original groups are no longer operating, but they inspired other groups to provide similar services.

The third group, which still operates today, was the Yeovil Freewheelers, founded by Cecil Turner in 1978. In 1981, SERV (which formed shortly after the original EVS disbanded) and the North East Thames Emergency Voluntary Service (also known as the EVS) in North East London, were founded. Thames EVS disbanded in 1999 but SERV continues to this day and now operates as a number of different groups. Other groups followed, and new groups continue to be created.


Groups are largely independent, and operate in collaboration with their local healthcare providers. Many are represented through the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB).

Blood Bike groups currently operating in the British Isles

Areas stated are those primarily covered by each group, however collections, relay handovers and deliveries routinely take place further afield as and when circumstances demand.

England and Wales

  • Blood Bikes Cumbria — Cumbria (north)
  • Blood Bikes Manchester — Manchester
  • Blood Bikes Wales — Wales
  • Bloodrun EVS — Cleveland, North Yorkshire
  • Cornwall Blood Bikes — Cornwall
  • Derbyshire Blood Bikes — Derbyshire
  • Devon Freewheelers — Devon
  • Freewheelers EVS — Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire (south), Somerset, West Wiltshire
  • Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes — Leicestershire, Rutland
  • Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service — Lincolnshire
  • Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes — Cheshire (west), Merseyside
  • Midland Freewheelers — West Midlands
  • North West Blood Bikes Lancashire & Lakes — Cumbria (south), Lancashire
  • Northumbria Blood Bikes — County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
  • Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes — Nottinghamshire
  • SERV Herts & Beds — Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire
  • SERV Kent — Kent
  • SERV Norfolk — Norfolk
  • SERV OBN — Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire
  • SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire — Cambridgeshire, Suffolk
  • SERV Surrey & South London — South London, Surrey
  • SERV Sussex — Sussex
  • SERV Wessex — Wessex
  • Severn Freewheelers — Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire
  • Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes — Cheshire (south), Shropshire, Staffordshire
  • Warwickshire and Solihull Blood Bikes — Solihull, Warwickshire
  • Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes — Cleveland, Yorkshire
  • Yeovil Freewheelers — Dorset, Somerset
  • Ireland

  • Blood Bike Dublin — Dublin
  • Blood Bike Leinster — Leinster
  • Blood Bike Mid West — Croom, Ennis, Limerick City, Nenagh
  • Blood Bike West — Galway
  • Blood Bikes East — Greater Dublin
  • Northeast Bloodrunners — Cavan, Louth, Monaghan
  • Scotland

  • Blood Bikes Scotland — Fife, Lothians, Scottish Borders
  • Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes — South West Scotland
  • Life Savers Scotland — Lanarkshire
  • North East Rider Volunteers Scotland — North East Scotland
  • ScotsERVS — Glasgow
  • References

    Blood bike Wikipedia

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