Blood Bikes receives charitable boost from Russell

Published:  14 February, 2019

Russell Roof Tiles has donated an impressive £4,000 to life-saving charity Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes.

DGBB is run by local volunteers and delivers essential blood and urgent medical supplies.

Having supported the charity since 2015, staff at Russell Roof Tiles have been fundraising throughout the year to raise as much money as possible for its Community Fund, a communal pot whereby a number of local charities and groups receive a share of money to support the great work they are doing in the local community. The team’s latest venture included a sponsored weight loss challenge which saw £800 raised.

Bruce Laidlaw, Production Director at Russell Roof Tiles, said: “We are dedicated to supporting fantastic charities that go above and beyond to help people in our community.

“Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes is an important part of its community, transporting vital blood products, blood samples, medication and other life-critical supplies to local hospitals via motorbike, where every minute counts in helping seriously ill and injured patients. The volunteers rely solely on donations and we are pleased that our donation will help support these efforts.”

Dave Hook from Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes added: “The support we receive from Russell Roof Tiles is absolutely incredible and the staff who take part in the fundraising play a major part in helping us do what we do. The funding in the past has bought us replacement motorcycles and has helped us get to where we are today.

“From the early days, when we were averaging 30 to 40 runs a month, to where we are now - completing up to 100 runs and covering 12 to 13000 miles every month - it makes such a difference to the patients of the NHS. Every penny raised goes into the operational running. There are no paid staff at all within Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes as all time is given freely by the volunteers.

“A huge thank you to the staff and customers of Russell Roof Tiles for making this amazing donation to help keep the wheels turning.”

Pictured: Bruce Laidlaw hands over the cheque to Dave Hook (right) and the DGBB team.

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