The bike that Freemasons funded for the organisation, aptly named ‘Mason’
Mirfield Freemasons have ridden to the aid of a charity that delivers life giving supplies to hospitals across Yorkshire.
The members of Kirklees Lodge have given £4,950 to the Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes – volunteer motorcyclists who provide an out-of-hours courier service to the NHS – to buy 12 protective “Airvest” waistcoats for volunteer riders.
The Airvests are worn by the riders and attached to the motorcycle via a lanyard. In the event of a crash, and the rider parting company with the motorcycle, the Airvest is activated and is inflated within 0.1 seconds.
It locks the head to prevent whiplash and broken collar bones and locks the upper torso, creating a cushion all around, thus protecting the most vital areas of the body, the internal organs, from internal injuries.
The donation came via West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd., which each year distributes grants in excess of £200,000 each year to charities and community organisations across the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding, whose boundary is based on the old West Riding, geographically ranging from Sheffield in the South to Ripon in the North.
This grant comes on the back of Freemasons purchasing two new bikes for the charity in 2019, one via Ivanhoe Lodge in Sheffield, and the second via the West Riding Provincial Grand Chapter.
The Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikers provide an out of hours courier service to the NHS throughout midweek nights (12 hours per night) and at 24 hours per day at weekends.
They deliver blood products, baby milk, medical/surgical tools and supplies between hospitals and other agencies as required. They also deliver human bio samples between hospitals and laboratories.
The Yorkshire volunteers also link up with other County Blood Bike Groups to “relay” products nationally.
These services are carried out totally free to the NHS allowing NHS funding to be aimed at delivering their resources at more targeted areas. The funding of the Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikers is entirely by charitable donations from the general public and organisations like ours and private sector businesses.
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