Simpson Millar Colleague Volunteering as Blood Bike Rider

Author:
Kevin Harper
Family Liaison Officer Business Development Manager
Date:
23/02/2021

Kev Harper, our Business Development Manager, is an avid motorcyclist and passionate about raising money for charity.

Before joining Simpson Millar, Kev worked as a Police Motorcyclist for South Yorkshire Police for nearly 30 years, spending the last decade of his career helping families in crisis following a Road Traffic Accident. In his spare time, Kev also works as an instructor for Rapid Training, offering advanced motorcycle training for students.

Last year, Kev donated all of his income from Rapid Training to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, who looked after his new-born grandson in Special Care after he was born with a series heart condition.

And this year, Kev has since decided to put his motorcycling skills to further good use by volunteering as a rider for Derbyshire Blood Bikes.

Derbyshire Blood Bikes provide urgent blood services to NHS hospitals across Derbyshire, including blood products, biological samples, equipment and medical documents. They also transport donated breast milk to approved milk banks. Their service is entirely free, which relieves pressure off the NHS by allowing them to put the money towards patient care instead.

The charity have continued to provide an invaluable service to hospitals and patients in need, despite the challenges the Coronavirus pandemic has brought and we’re happy to support such a wonderful cause.

A Day in the Life of a Blood Bike Volunteer

Kev describes what a typical day as a Derbyshire Blood Bikes volunteer looks like…

“On Wednesday 3rd September, I was again volunteering as a rider for Derbyshire Blood Bikes, working out of Chesterfield Royal Hospital. It was an early start on a cold damp morning.

The first call of the day was to a domestic address to collect vital equipment, which needed returning to London Road Hospital so it was available for reallocation. 

Then I moved onto Queen’s Hospital Burton to collect pathology samples and take them to Royal Derby Hospital. From Derby Royal Hospital, I collected more pathology samples to be taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Although I have raised quite a lot of money over the years for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, it’s the first time I have ever been in on non-police business, and it was very rewarding to see the great work that they do.

I then returned to Chesterfield Royal Hospital to collect a regular batch of samples to take to Derby Royal Hospital. I had a great chat there with a doctor who is keen to join the Blood Bike group. He was surprised to hear how few of us there were, despite seeing us ‘buzzing’ about.

I finished the day on a dark and rainy return journey via the M1 to Chesterfield. Riding 240 miles in heavy rain and very cold conditions was challenging but I had a really good day. I met some lovely people, all doing a fantastic job. I really felt like I had done my bit to help out those in need during these difficult times. 

Until my next day’s duty!”

How You Can Get Involved

Derbyshire Blood Bikes are always on the lookout for more helping hands, so if you’re a keen motorcyclist and fancy get involved, you can fill out an application form on their website.

If you have any questions about what it’s like to volunteer, drop Kev a message at kevin.harper@simpsonmillar.co.uk and he’ll be happy to tell you more.