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 http://www.servkent.co.uk/