On December 19 our Lead Training and Development Adviser Ian Cross joined a rally of volunteers from the charity Warwickshire & Solihull Blood Bikes (WSBB) to deliver toys to children at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

Ian, a keen motorcyclist, is a longstanding member of WSBB, a registered charity that transports urgent samples of blood, COVID, human tissue and urgent medical supplies through their 80 volunteers across Warwickshire’s network of hospitals. Volunteer riders and drivers offer this service free of charge to the NHS, providing a weekday out of hours service and 24/7 weekend and bank holiday cover.

The charity organises an annual ‘Christmas Toy Run’ delivering donated toys to hospitals across the region. Ian tells us… “It was fabulous to see such a great turnout for the event. This year was very different as we weren’t allowed onto the hospital wards due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but we are sure that the toys will still bring much needed joy to the children that receive them.”

This year WSBB also supported Abbie’s Hideaway, a charity devoted to quality of life for children with cancer, with a cash donation of £807. A local women’s refuge and Broadlands Children’s Home in Walsgrave also received donations of toys.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic WSBB have had to cease all fundraising activity to adhere to government social distancing guidelines and currently have no funds coming into the charity.

If you would like to help keep their fleet on the road and enable them to continue to provide a FREE service supporting the NHS then please visit https://www.wsbb.org/ and click on donate.