Couple to ride through Gloucestershire to raise money for charity
A COUPLE whose son was facing a life-threatening disease and needed an emergency blood transfusion will ride through Gloucestershire next week for charity.
Steve and Veronica Haines will be embarking on a 80-mile ride from Filton Blood bank in Bristol to Alexandra Hospital in Redditch to raise money for the Severn Freewheelers.
The ride on September 21 will take an hour and pass through Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Evesham.
Last December, the baby son Max was born three-weeks premature with Haemolytic disease, a condition which could prove fatal.
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Max needed an exchange blood transfusion, removing his blood from his body and replacing it with new blood. The blood donation had to come from Bristol to Redditch on emergency dispatch.
The speedy delivery of the blood, coupled with the staff in the Special Care Baby Unit ensured that despite the trauma Max was given the best chance of a normal life.
Blood Bikes are groups of volunteer motorcyclists who provide an out-of-hours medical courier service to hospitals and other health institutions delivering everything from whole blood, biological samples, medical notes, X-rays, and scans.
They are available between 7pm and 7am, 24 hours on weekends and on public holidays.
In 2012, Severn Freewheelers received more than 4,000 call outs and between the 80 volunteer riders covered in excess of 150,000 miles.
To donate to their cause, go to www.justgiving.com/milesformax.