For the second year in a row, our Wincanton branch raised funds for local blood bike charity, Yeovil Freewheelers EVS.
During 2019, just over £1600 was raised through a combination of collecting tins at the tills and visits from the blood bikes. The animated reindeer Christmas display that proved so popular in the previous year once again attracted plenty of donations.
Branch Manager, Alex Provis said: “The Yeovil Freewheelers charity provides an important, lifesaving service which is fully funded by the public and local businesses.
“2019 was perhaps an unsettling year for many people, so we are very grateful that our customers were still eager to donate. A big thank you to everyone who donated, no matter how small or large.”
YFW Blood Bikes is run by Yeovil Freewheelers (EVS), an Emergency Volunteer Service which supports Yeovil District Hospital, Dorset County Hospital and the community hospitals across the region by providing emergency courier services for blood, platelets, blood and tissue samples, medication, breast milk, documents, X rays, CT scans and equipment. It is estimated that the charity saves the NHS over £200,000 a year.
Founded in 1978, Yeovil Freewheelers EVS is the oldest operational blood bike group in the UK. All riders are unpaid volunteers.