£1,000 donation to local blood bike charity, SERV Wessex
The Personal Injury team from Hampshire law firm, Warner Goodman, are delighted to donate £1,000 to SERV Wessex, a local blood bike charity. Dan Thompson, Personal Injury Partner, explains here why the firm has decided to support the SERV Wessex team, and what the future holds for the promising partnership.
Who are SERV Wessex?
SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) Wessex is a registered charity made up of volunteer motorcyclists and some drivers, providing a life saving service free of charge to the NHS. The charity is made up of 110 volunteers working 365 days a year, between 19.00 and 06.00 weekdays and 24 hours a day at weekends and on public holidays. “As well as transporting blood between hospitals, we also transport platelets, plasma, samples, medical equipment and also frozen donated human milk to neo-natal departments,” explains Robert Smith, volunteer rider and Events Coordinator for the charity.
“In May this year, we marked our 6,000th run in the area, and as well as delivering to hospitals in our area, we also undertake a continuous service to resupply the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance with their onboard blood and plasma. We’re extremely grateful to Warner Goodman for this donation, and for their future plans for working with us; every penny counts towards keeping the charity running whether that is with our bikes, riders, drivers or the controllers and other members of the team behind the scenes, without whom we couldn’t continue to support the NHS as we do.”
Keep a bike on the road for a year
“Our goal is to raise £2,500 for the charity as this amount will enable them to keep a bike on the road for a year in terms of tax, insurance, servicing and any repairs,” explains Dan. “In 2018, we hope to host a sponsored walk in the local area to raise funds, as well as a family fun day and other activities. When we heard about SERV Wessex, we were in awe that the charity survives purely on donations. So far in 2017 they have already completed 696 runs, covering a total mileage of 53,103 miles; a staggering amount seeing as all costs for the bikes are covered by the volunteers.”
Dan concludes, “In our roles at Warner Goodman, we unfortunately see the devastating consequences of accidents every day. We know how important it is that hospitals have the blood and equipment they need, and that the Air Ambulance when dealing with accidents at the scene are stocked with the life saving consignments needed to save lives. We’re delighted to be supporting such a wonderful charity in keeping our roads and hospitals prepared for any eventuality.”