Born to run: Blood Bikes’ double joy at Scottish Charity Awards

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The organisation provides a free-of-charge medical courier service to NHS hospitals

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14th June 2018 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

There was double joy for Blood Bikes Scotland which has won both Charity of the Year and the People’s Choice accolade at the 2018 Scottish Charity Awards.

The organisation provides a free-of-charge medical courier service to NHS hospitals in Lothian and the Borders, with plans to expand into the Fife region this year.

Every pound raised is through the team’s own fundraising efforts, and they have made a substantial saving to the NHS over 12 months, while contributing to improved patient care and services.

More than 13,000 people voted in the People's Choice category.

Chairman John Baxter said: “It is fantastic to be recognised by the Scottish Charity Awards for the work we do on behalf of the amazing NHS. We’re also so grateful to all those who voted for us in the People’s Choice Award, it really means a lot and we’re a bit overwhelmed! 

“We have a great team of volunteer riders, controllers and fundraisers who commit their time and energy freely and enjoy putting something back into the NHS, which does such a fantastic job.”

Charities and individuals from across Scotland have been recognised for the life-changing difference they make at the 2018 Scottish Charity Awards, which took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Organised annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the awards celebrate the amazing work that people within charities and community groups do every day, all over the country, to help those in need and raise awareness of important causes.

Andrew Burns, convener of SCVO, said: “A huge congratulations to our winners and all of this year’s finalists. Each of the 40 individuals and organisations shortlisted make a huge difference to the communities they work with, and I’m delighted that we have been able to bring the third sector together to both recognise and celebrate their achievements.

“We received over 13,000 votes for the People’s Choice Award so I would also like to thank all those who contributed to the evening by voting for their favourite charity. A wonderful night had by all.”