Highland and Islands Blood Bikes welcomes donated BMW F800GT motorcycle on short-term loan from John Clark BMW Motorrad to help during coronavirus pandemic

Highland and Islands Blood Bikes (HAIBB) today welcomed a new and much needed member to its ranks in the form of a BMW F800GT motorcycle.

It has been donated to the charity on a short-term basis, from Aberdeen-based John Clark BMW Motorrad, to help during the Covid-19 outbreak.

This comes at a time when the newly-formed charity has increased its availability to the NHS to help with the response to the emergency.

Ross Sharp, HAIBB president, said: “This comes at time when we have just stepped up our operations and were in real need of an extra motorcycle to help us do more to help the NHS.”Covid-19 has really changed what we only set out to do a month ago – that being a limited trial to see if blood bikes would work in the area.”Now we are operating two shifts per day, from 6am to 8pm, and have four riders and two controllers on duty each day.

“We are covering the whole of the Highland area and the majority of our work is Covid-19 related. It’s been a huge task for us to get to this level so soon and support such as this is always greatly received.”

Mr Sharp said they were working with their blood bike neighbours, North East Rider Volunteers-Scotland (NERVS), of which he is also a member.

He added: “They have been right beside us all the way on our journey, providing help and guidance when needed.

“With us both being members of the umbrella organisation, Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, we now have a blood bike service across the whole of the north.”

Victoria Barry, John Clark Motor Group’s charity coordinator, said: “The John Clark Motor Group are pleased to be able to support Blood Bikes during these difficult times.”

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