This month Severn Freewheelers the local branch of Blood Bikes celebrates their tenth anniversary operating in the county. Founded in 2007 the motorcycle based charity, provides a free delivery service to hospitals and medical centres throughout the county; moving vital medical supplies, blood and pathology samples as well as transporting frozen human milk from the donor to the milk processing banks. This has been a real lifesaver due to the necessity of very premature babies having intolerance to anything but human milk. The bikers selflessly give their free time in all winds and weathers to help save lives throughout the country.
Severn Freewheelers is a life-saving service run entirely by volunteers, and it part of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes. All riders are trained in the movement of medical essentials and have one common goal – to alleviate suffering and reduce the funding pressures on the NHS.
Severn Freewheelers deal with around 300 calls per month locally and rely solely on fundraising to operate, please find below some facts/details on how they support the NHS throughout Gloucestershire, Hereford and Worcestershire and North Wiltshire.
About Severn Freewheelers:
Severn Freewheelers started in March 2007. At end Jan 2017 they had answered 31,262 calls covering 1,223,000 miles in the process – that’s nearly 50 times round the world at 3,000 miles a week.
Last year handled nearly 300 calls each month – these figures include operations in Herefordshire & Worcestershire and North Wiltshire as well as Gloucestershire.
Includes 3,700 trips from Cheltenham to Gloucester
2,250 from Cirencester to Gloucester
1,500 from Gloucester to Cheltenham
750 from Moreton to Cheltenham.
Carry on average 70 trips a year with human breast milk for special baby care units
Currently have 80 active riders, the youngest is 34 and the oldest 70 – previous oldest has just hung up his boots at 79!
About Prescott Bike Festival 2017:
Prescott Bike Festival is the charities biggest annual fundraiser organised by Severn Freewheelers. The event is often hailed as the ‘Start of the Season’ Motorcycle Festival and will take place on Sunday 9 April 2017 at Prescott Hill Climb, Cheltenham.
The Festival is renowned for the diversity of machinery that it attracts and this year will be no different. The highly skilled creator that is Allen Millyard, he of the award-winning Flying Millyard, (powered by a 5-litre V-twin aero engine), will return with no less than eight of his amazing creations. Matt McKeown returns with not only the World’s Fastest Shopping Trolley but also his latest project – the World’s Fastest jet powered Hearse ‘Dead Quick’. Kevin Scott brings his bonkers record-breaking Monowheel, which earned a place in the Guinness World Records with a 61mph run at Elvington in Yorkshire.
Bike Fest’s excellent showcase of Paddock Specials features over 100 examples of rare machinery where you can meet the owners, watch them fire up and take to the hill. From David Jefferies 2002 hand-built 570cc Vertemati Supermoto race bike, an original Joey Dunlop TT race bike, James Toseland’s 1998 Honda CBR600 World Supersport Bike, through to an award-winning shed-build Kawasaki Z1000, a rare 1973 Triumph Trackmaster flat-track racer and a 1914 Triumph LX126 one of only eight in the world which also participated in the very first London to Brighton pioneer run. This is no static display!
The iconic British manufacturer Norton will be the special featured marque. The Norton Owners Club will stage a huge display, including parade runs. Expect to see the best of the best, just to whet your appetite, just two on the many Nortons coming, the rare 1956 Manx 350cc Reverse Head built by respected tuner Ray Petty plus a 1959 Dominator 650DD Special.
Confirming its status as a great family event, the Festival also includes plenty of off-track attractions to keep the whole family entertained. Why not take the ride of your life with a thrilling passenger ride experience in anything from a Formula Two or Watsonian Squire Sidecar to a Morgan Three Wheeler? Watch the jaw-dropping ‘On the Edge’ Trials Stunt Show, which truly does keep you on the edge!. Hear the ever popular George Formby tribute act from the motorcycle film, No Limit? And check out the main stage Rock n Roll and rockabilly bands Josie and the Outlaws, The Uproars plus special guest performers.
Confirming its status as a great family event, the Festival also includes plenty of off-track attractions. Book a thrilling passenger experience in anything from a racing sidecar to a Morgan Three Wheeler, watch the best jaw-dropping stunt show ‘On The Edge’ Stunt Team, enjoy live Rockabilly music from Josie and the Outlaws, The Uproars and special guest performers. Drink beer, eat great food, wander round over 100 quality exhibitors in the Trade Zone, watch all the entertainment and see the odd famous person wandering about the paddock, including Darth Vader and George Formby!.
Visitors (of all ages) can also try their hand on a climbing wall and Airsoft Rifle Range thanks to The Army Reserve whilst smaller kids can have a go at karting or soft play area.
Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for all the latest announcements. Motorcycle parking is free, as is the motorcycle side stand puck and Helmet Park.
All proceeds from what is set to be another unforgettable day go to the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and regional blood bike group Severn Freewheelers, one of 27 blood bike groups around the UK that provide a free out-of-hours courier service for medical essentials.
Check out their website at www.prescottbikefestival.co.uk or like them on Facebook. If you book in advance you can save £2 over the on-the-gate price, with adult admission costing only £13, while under-16s go free if they’re accompanied by a paying adult. For tickets and more information, visit: www.prescottbikefestival.co.uk