Devon Freewheelers appeals for winter aid

Devon Freewheelers delivers crucial medical supplies - such as blood and tissue - to Devon's NHS hos

Devon Freewheelers delivers crucial medical supplies - such as blood and tissue - to Devon's NHS hospitals, even in the worst weather conditions. The charity has made an appeal to local businesses and community groups, asking for a helping hand during the winter months. - Credit: Archant

As colder weather draws in, the charity needs more help than ever.

A vital voluntary courier service that delivers crucial medical supplies to Devon’s NHS hospitals is asking local businesses and community organisations for a helping hand during the winter months.

Devon Freewheelers says that it experiences a drop-off in fundraising at this time of year, as many of its supporter events are held outdoors in spring and summer.

However, this is the season when the service needs more support than ever.

Operations director Neil Gardner said: “With worsening road conditions over the winter there are, sadly, more accidents, and the call for our services to courier blood in particular increases.


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“Unfortunately our fundraising opportunities – including biker rallies and open-air events – diminish, and this puts a strain on our already stretched finances.

“We are hoping that more businesses will display one of our collection tins on their reception desks.

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“We are also appealing for community groups to organise coffee mornings to help raise funds. Every penny raised helps us to keep the bikes on the road and get the lifesaving deliveries to the hospitals as quickly as possible.”

If your business is willing to put a collecting tin on display, or you are involved with a community group that can hold a fundraising coffee morning, contact Devon Freewheelers on 0300 8000105, or email ceo@devonfreewheelers.org.uk.

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