Blood Bikes life-saver motorcyclist skids and crashes on mud-covered road at Filey

A life-saving volunteer who had just delivered urgent medication to a Filey patient crashed after skidding on a mud-covered road in foggy conditions.

Sunday, 8th November 2020, 7:05 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th November 2020, 7:10 pm

The rider is a member of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes and was on his way back from the delivery when the accident happened on the A1039 Scarborough Road on the approach to the A165 between 8.30am and 9am on Saturday.

A spokesperson for the charity said: "In foggy weather conditions, our rider encountered a road treacherously-covered in mud. This resulted in him losing control of the FJR1300 Yamaha Blood Bike and resulted in a crash.

"He was not seriously injured and is doing well. Our thanks go to Transit Motorcycles in York who came to our assistance offering recovery of the blood bike.

Mud on the road where the crash happened

"We would like to express a word of caution to fellow motorcyclists to take care on rural roads that have been subject to heavy agricultural use in recent days.

"In the meantime we are seeking to have the repairs completed to our blood bike and to the riding equipment."

Chairman of Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes Andrew Foster, added: “We would like to thank the public for the huge outpouring of support on social media including messages from other national Blood Bike charities and members of the biker community.

"We are extremely grateful for the public’s donations and offers of help to get us back on the road and operational again for the benefit of patients across Yorkshire.”

The Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes bike that crashed

The charity has a fleet of eight specialist bikes, which cost £18,000 each to buy.

They are used to provide an urgent and emergency out-of-hours medical transportation service across West, South and North Yorkshire.

The rider involved in the accident had picked up urgent medication from York Hospital and taken it to a patient in Filey before the crash happened.

The charity is not part of the NHS and relies entirely on donations and fundraising.

To make a donation to help the team get the bike that crashed back on the road and operational in North Yorkshire, visit their website HERE.

During normal working hours, the NHS and health charities use their own transportation systems to move blood, plasma, tissue samples, documentation and other vital supplies between hospitals, hospices and supply centres.

Out-of-hours, these systems are not available and organisations have to rely on taxis and couriers - at a huge cost.

Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes volunteers provide an out-of-hours service aimed at saving a substantial amount of money that can instead be used to provide more appropriate frontline patient care.

The charity estimates that for each £1 it receives in donations, the NHS will save at least £5.

During the pandemic, the charity has been providing a round-the-clock service and has been called upon to support NHS hospitals by transferring blood samples for testing from temporary phlebotomy testing sites every day.

To help hospices, it has also been collecting and delivering essential medications and controlled drugs, sometimes directly to the homes of shielded palliative care patients.

Its team has also been delivering urgent medical records, NHS laptop computers to doctors working remotely, and Covid-19 testing swabs to hospices, and prisons.