New partnership between the National Library of Wales and Blood Bikes Wales

Blood Bikes Wales is an entirely volunteer-run charity that provides a fast and completely free courier service to the NHS. The library is pleased to support this vital work by providing a secure and convenient storage facility.

Pedr ap Llwyd, the library’s general manager and librarian, said:

“This is a great opportunity to support the local community and provide a home for this important voluntary charity which provides a key service to Bronglais Hospital and the NHS in Wales.

“We are facing difficult times when it comes to funding services of all kinds and sharing resources in this way is more important than ever to maximize the benefits for the people of Mid Wales and the community within the meaning wide.”

Mathew Leeman, Blood Bikes Wales Region Representative, thanked the library for hosting the two Aberystwyth Blood Bike Group Blood Bikes and associated equipment.

“I sincerely thank everyone involved in setting up this exciting partnership, and for their hard work in ensuring that the move to our new operating base went smoothly and efficiently, without any disruption to the day-to-day service that we provide to the NHS”,

He said.

The Blood Bikes Wales Aberystwyth group currently consists of 20 riders, two controllers and a dedicated support team of fundraisers and administrative volunteers. It is the smallest blood bike group in Wales, although it covers the largest geographical area.

This small team of volunteers is essential to the ongoing service provided by Blood Bike Wales to Bronglais Hospital, smaller area hospitals, minor injury units and integrated care centers in the area.

Typically Aberystwyth volunteers answer over 600 calls a year, with runners covering around 25,000 miles a year.

For more information on Blood Bikes Wales visit www.bloodbikes.wales/

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