SERV supports the NHS by providing volunteer motorcyclists – all qualified advanced riders – to deliver blood products, quickly, to those medical centers and hospitals, which need them. A number of AAM full members and associates support this worthy charitable organization – here, observer John Gardner, tells us more.
‘After passing my IAM motorcycle test, about three years ago, I became a Trainee Observer (TOB) and it was during my training that I met a ‘Bloodrunner’ – I was instantly hooked.
After an initial briefing session and introduction I fitted my ZZR 1400 with a rack and did my first years runs progressing later to a liveried Bloodrunner Pan European. The extended duties that have to be committed to, in order to make use of the liveried Pan are: 3 nights or 2 days or a full day and night. By definition a ‘day’ is classed as 07.00am to 7.00pm and a night as 7.00pm to 07.00am.
It’s not for the fainthearted and it’s essential that what commitment is given is honored, regardless of what the weather is up to. I also have to add that, in the early stages, riding the Pan, fully loaded at 340kg is a real challenge – especially at slow speeds. Never the less, in spite of all that, the feeling, at the end of a shift, knowing that you might, in some small way, have saved someone’s life is a generous reward indeed.’
For more information on SERV go to: www.serv.org.uk