Just in time for Halloween we received an excellent presentation over zoom from Trevor Sayer who is a volunteer at SERV Kent “Service by Emergency Response Volunteers” also known as Bloodrunners.
Bloodrunners is a charity that provides emergency courier services transporting blood products, baby milk for premature baby units, samples and other patient essential items for the major hospitals and hospices in Kent outside normal working hours. In addition, they provide and maintain the blood supply for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulances enabling them to carry blood on board therefore saving the lives of many patients.
SERV volunteers provide their services free of charge including fuel and phone expenses and for the most part use their own vehicles, consequently saving the NHS thousands of pounds a year.
With the advent of Covid-19 they have stepped up their volunteering to provide a 24/7 service, thus freeing up more much-needed NHS resources. Since March this has resulted in them being asked to assist an extra 1,000 times. Although the volunteers give their services for free, there are still some operating costs to cover (insurance and running costs on the few vehicles they do have, upkeep of a small HQ at the Medway services etc.) Although their call outs have gone up, the opportunities to fund raise have diminished and they are reliant on donations.
Anybody who would like to know more, to volunteer their services or make a donation can find the details at www.servkent.co.uk
Submitted by Dave Darby on Thu, 12th Nov 2020