From Shropshire to Devon - A Blood Bikers Story

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Roy has recently joined Devon Freewheelers as a volunteer rider, part of the team supporting North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, delivering blood products, test samples including Covid-19 swabs and urgent medication for patients.Roy

Before relocating with his wife Cathy to the North Devon coast last year, Roy a former soldier and university lecturer was a founding member and trustee for Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes.

Roy said:  “I am proud to part of the blood biking community and pleased to be able to support the NHS especially during the current pandemic crisis.  “Devon Freewheelers has made me very welcome and I have found a group of like-minded friends who go above and beyond as volunteers supporting the NHS.

“There are over 30 blood bike groups operating as independent charities across the country, all have slightly different roles supporting their local NHS Trusts but share the same ideal of providing a vital emergency voluntary service for the NHS.

“I hope I can bring some of my experience to support Devon Freewheelers and assist the charity as it continues to grow.”

Roy joined the charity at the start of the present pandemic and following an induction period and check ride, joined the volunteer rota in March, quickly learning his way around the county and completing dozens of urgent deliveries. When not on duty for Devon Freewheelers, Roy’s other interests are being a grandpa to Emily and Willa, his own bikes a Triumph Sprint ST1050 and Yamaha FJR 1300, running, and sailing his yacht Mistress Q.

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