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Kent manager leads double life

09 Mar 2017
Neil Corse bike

Neil Corse leads a team of Openreach engineers responsible for maintaining power supplies for the phone and broadband network. But in his spare time he is a volunteer blood biker making life-saving emergency blood deliveries across Kent.

 Neil has been a blood biker for four years and is part of a 150 strong charity, called the SERV Kent - Bloodrunners, that work through the nights and weekends to make sure vital blood supplies can reach local hospitals.

Neil, 55, who lives in Tunbridge Wells and is based at offices in Sevenoaks, said: "Some of the work we do is time-critical and there are occasions when every second really does count. An early morning bike delivery can mean that I lose some sleep but it’s nothing an early night can’t fix the next day. I ride a Yamaha FJR1300 motorbike, that SERV Kent - Bloodrunners provides, and deliver a variety of essential medical items including blood between hospitals and healthcare institutions.”

David Brown, secretary and trustee at SERV Kent - Bloodrunners, said: "Volunteers like Neil give up their time for free and pay for the fuel used on the runs and are out in all types of weather conditions. The charity successfully completed more than 3,300 emergency rides last year.”

To find out more about the Kent Bloodrunners and for details or how to make a donation, please visit