Who are SERV Wessex

SERV Wessex is a registered charity (No. 1156383) that provides a free transportation service for NHS Hospitals in Hampshire Dorset and South Wiltshire. We operate 365 days per year, between 19:00 and 06:00 weekdays and 24hrs at weekends and on public holidays. SERV Wessex transports blood products and other urgent consignments allowing hospitals to divert financial and staff resources elsewhere. We offer an ad hoc service during the day to transport heart monitors and human milk to neonatal units. All of our riders and drivers are volunteers who donate their own time and fuel to providing a free service to hospitals. We also operate a continuous service to replenish the blood and plasma carried on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and their critical care cars based at Thruxton.

What vehicles do we use?

Most of our members use their own cars or motorcycles but we also have our own small fleet of charity vehicles which enables us to reduce the financial burden on our volunteers. Currently we operate 3 BMW R1200RT's, 1 Yamaha FJR 1300, 2 BMW F800GTs, a Dacia Duster and a Citreon Van. Having 4 wheel vehicles enables us to provide a service to our client hospitals when the weather is too cold to safely transport products by motorcycle or when the quantities required are much larger.

Who are our volunteers?

Our volunteers come from all walks of life. We need Riders, Drivers, Controllers, Fundraisers and General Administration volunteers to help us operate. Unlike some groups, we have no paid volunteers to help with the organisation or fundraising, we do it ourselves.

All the work doesn’t happen on the road, its a team effort Controllers are a key and very important part of the team. Some of our drivers and riders are also Controllers.

If I donate money, what does it pay for?

Any funds that SERV receive go towards the upkeep of the marked vehicles. We have some ageing vehicles which are now due for replacement.

Why Sponsor us

SERV Wessex is a registered charity established by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospitals and other healthcare sites in Hampshire, South Wiltshire and Dorset. During the day we also provide a delivery service for Human milk to the neonatal units in our area and provide a collection service for heart monitors.

Outside normal office hours, hospitals rely on taxis, couriers or front line emergency vehicles to transfer urgent medical supplies or test samples between hospitals and other sites. Blood Bike groups, across the country, offer to carry out this service free of charge, ensuring the limited resources of the NHS can be used where it makes a difference. SERV Wessex Blood Bikes' funding comes entirely from charitable donations, and the service is provided solely by volunteers, giving their own free time to help others.

In critical situations, blood or other medical items need to be delivered urgently in order to save a patient's life. Blood bikes, with their distinctive livery, and narrow profile, can quickly get through busy traffic to reach their destination. For bulky items, or in extreme weather conditions, we use cars too, to ensure our service is available every day of the year.  We also support the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service with continuous deliveries to its aircraft base with the blood and plasma carried on the aircraft and their critical care cars.

We performed over 1600 operational deliveries in 2018, carrying 1610 boxes of products and covering 138,000 miles, 72% of which was done by volunteers using their own vehicles and covering all their own costs. Estimated saving to the NHS is £135k which is based on a standard mileage rate.This saving does not take into account any specialist training or call outs taxis or couriers would charge, or saving on front line emergency vehicle charges.

Whilst motorcycles are the main stay of our work, when the weather is cold, blood can’t be carried on the back of a motorcycle as it crystallises. When ice / snow lays afoot, motorcycles can be removed from service and we move to cars.

We spend much of our time fundraising to support our current small fleet which consists of 3 BMW R1200RT's, 2 BMW F800GTs and a Yamaha FJR plus a Dacia Duster and Citroen Van. When our volunteers use our marked vehicles, the costs are covered by the charity. We believe that our volunteers already do amazing things simply by giving up their time to provide the service that they do. By providing and maintaining our marked vehicles, we can try and limit the financial burden on our volunteers.

With help from our sponsors we can update our ageing fleet and provide more vehicles, with our aim being to have sufficient that all of our active members have access to a marked vehicle when they are on call. This is where you come in.

With the cost of a new bikes running into thousands of pounds, it can take a considerable period of time for us to raise enough money to purchase one and have it kitted out to the required specification. That is an awfully long time stood in the street or outside supermarkets with a collecting box. With a few reasonable donations from commercial sponsors, we could save a lot of time and allow our members to do what they do best - deliver vital goods and services to hospitals.

If you sponsor us we can offer a range of incentives. Apart from the warm feeling you would get from supporting a good cause, we can display your logo on our website. These can be linked through to your own website so that our viewers become your potential customers. We can offer recommendations of goods and services or even display your company logo on our vehicles and event trailer. Our members regularly stand outside supermarkets, shopping centres and at events throughout the year, raising the profile of our organisation. If our banners feature your company logo or we have your leaflets on our table, you too can benefit from our interface with the public.

There are many ways you can help, our vehicles need tyres, oil and parts. If you would like to know more or would like to become a sponsor, please contact 
Corporatefundraiser@servwessex.org.uk for details.

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