Bikers can carry vital blood supplies to hospitals thanks to West Wales Freemasons

All photos courtesy of Martin Cavaney - All feature James Ross, Head of West Wales Freemasons and Amanda Wood, Blood Bikes Wales. Photos also feature other Blood Bikes Volunteers and Members of the new West Wales Motorcycle Lodge.

 

18th October 2020

 

Thousands of patients in hospitals across the region who rely on blood and other essential medical supplies being delivered at all hours by bike, are set to benefit from a major new grant from West Wales Freemasons to the Blood bikes Wales charity.

 

The £14,000 grant will see Blood bikes Wales take possession of a brand new, fully equipped BMW 1200 RT, which has been named “Mason”.

 

The presentation took place on Saturday in Haverfordwest.

 

The new bike will help the charity to continue their life-saving delivery services of blood, blood plasma, medical samples and essential medical equipment and documents. They also deliver donor human milk to neonatal intensive care units.

 

The grant from West Wales Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Amanda Wood from Blood bikes Wales who works as a Medical Secretary at Glangwili Hospital and lives in Tavernspite, said:

“We’re really grateful to West Wales Freemasons for their generous grant. This has allowed us to buy a new fully equipped motorcycle as an essential contribution to our life-saving service to hospitals and patients throughout West Wales. This is an especially important grant, given that the coronavirus has stopped our recent fundraising and greatly reduced our income as a result.”

 

James Ross, Head of West Wales Freemasons from Haverfordwest, said:

“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to help Blood bikes Wales with their absolutely vital work. This is an amazing charity, run by dedicated volunteer bikers, controllers and fundraisers who effectively act as a fourth emergency service. There are thousands of people across the country who owe their lives to this organisation without knowing it.”

 

Pembrokeshire area Blood bikes was set up in 2014. It now has 30 members and runs the service with three bikes manned by 17 volunteer riders.

 

Blood bikes is entirely operated by volunteers. They depend on charitable donations from companies, organisations and individuals and holding fundraising events for new motorcycles and operational costs. No fundraising events have taken place since February which has greatly reduced their income and furthermore no events are planned for the foreseeable future.

The organisation has been busier than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic with an all-time record of 980 completed deliveries in the month of August. The operational costs have exponentially increased with the extra demand of the service.

 

Since it was set up in 2011, Blood bikes Wales has carried out 21,012 jobs, saving the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds. With the increase in work due to COVID 19, the charity have carried out 5,673 jobs so far this year.

For Freemasons, for families, for everyone

The Masonic Charitable Foundation builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community.

Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.

 

How the Foundation helps Masonic families

 A wide range of help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support provided takes the form of financial grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.

Financial

  • Daily living costs
  • Grants following an accident, redundancy or personal crisis
  • Funeral bills
  • Minor home repairs

Health

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  • Dental treatment
  • Mobility aids and home adaptations
  • Counselling

Family – Children in full-time education

  • Costs for education or training
  • Scholarships, travel grants and student accommodation
  • Supporting exceptional talent in sport, music or the performing arts

Family – Care

  • Masonic care homes – including nursing, residential and dementia care
  • Respite care
  • UK holidays

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The Foundation’s Advice & Support Team offer confidential, impartial and practical guidance about the help we can provide. The Team can also help with applications for state and local authority benefits and can put you in touch with other organisations who can give advice on care, employment and education.
 

How to apply

For further information about the help and support available from the Foundation, please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email help@mcf.org.uk.  You can also write to Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

For more information about the Foundation’s grants and the application process, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk

 

How the Foundation helps communities

In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation looks beyond Freemasonry, making significant financial grants to charities that help people to live happy, fulfilled lives and to participate actively in society.

The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need.  We aim to benefit as many people as possible and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families have told us they are most passionate.

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