Lochaber home-baker raises £300 for Blood Bikes

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Money raised by the sale of hand-knitted crafts and homebaking from outside a woman’s home near the Caledonian Canal has boosted the coffers of the Highlands and Islands Blood Bikes charity.

Throughout the summer, Isobel MacPhee set up a table near the Caledonian Canal to sell her hand-knitted crafts and homebaking to passers-by in aid of the Highlands and Islands Blood Bikes charity.

The charity provides a vital, free service to the NHS by transporting important and urgent samples between hospitals and specialist laboratories which are vital in getting the right treatment for patients.

They use mainly motorcycles, provided by Blood Bikes, to suitably qualified volunteers who willingly give their time, when needed, to make sure the samples are delivered as quickly as possible.

One bike is located at Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team’s base in Fort William, with others at key points across the area they cover, all of which have to be bought and maintained by the charity.

Being in constant demand, the bikes can require new tyres every six months, regular
servicing and when the mileage gets high, to be replaced.

Isobel met up with Blood Bikes volunteers last Saturday outside Morrisons in Fort William, where they set up a display to raise awareness of their work and hopefully attract donations.

Isobel started their day well by handing them £300, which she raised at her table.

Julie Bradbury of Highlands and Islands Blood Bikes said: ‘We are delighted to receive this donation from Isobel and thank her for all her efforts. She did a great job not only raising money, but in letting people know of our existence and what we do.

‘Many thanks to her for working so hard on our behalf and raising such a great amount. Thanks also to the manager of Morrisons for allowing us to set up our stall outside the store.’

Blood Bikes are always on the lookout for new volunteers and more information can be found by calling 08432 897577 or by email info@haibloodbikes.co.uk