Welcome

Devon Freewheelers are a team of volunteers who are dedicated to providing a 24hrs a day, 7 days a week service supporting our NHS in delivering essential blood supplies for the purposes of transfusion, blood samples for the purposes of testing, organs and human tissue samples for the purposes of transplant, medication direct to the patient at home in the case of urgent need and Donor Breast Milk (which also comes under the Human Tissue Act) to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units throughout Devon.

Occasionally we are obliged to go further afield to support the patients in the hours of crisis. More recently, we started transporting life saving blood products direct to Air Ambulances.  Devon Freewheelers carry out this vital service to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Trust. Last year alone, DSAA saved over 30 lives with on scene blood transfusions and we as a charity are honoured to assist our colleagues in these great charities.  In order to assess the REAL value of this FREE service you may like to read Felix’s Story, a testimonial voluntarily supplied.

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This team is ably supported by a network of 25 volunteers providing call centre and all of our volunteers provide essential fundraising support. Our annual budget is £250,000 which is essential in maintaining the fleet of 11 bikes and 8 Emergency All Terrain vehicles to the highest possible standards together with our modest HQ costs.

Consequently, the Fundraising Volunteers are an essential part of the team, and we are currently recruiting new team members!  We need Call Handlers, Riders, Drivers and Fundraisers in all areas.  Just one day a month of your time can save lives, it's a great feeling and lots of fun to boot!  Every member regardless of their role is a fundraiser first, it's what keeps us going.

On this website, you will find details of the number of missions undertaken by month and YTD.  Unfortunately due to the sensitive nature of transplant work we cannot publish specific details, however we are available to this critical role everyday.  There is also information about the vast number of fundraising events and of the wonderful and yet essential support we continue to enjoy throughout the County.

Thank you for taking the time to view our website. If you should like more information or feel that you would like to either Volunteer or contribute to the ongoing success of our team, please contact us.


Our Motto is 'Riding for Life'

How to get involved

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What we do

About Us
With no government funding, we provide a free out of hours courier service to the NHS. Supported by a team of volunteers.

Our service
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Our impact
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Our patron
Mark "Flymo" Hayes from the West Midland Ambulance Service has agreed to become Our Patron.
Our Latest News
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:47

Three times around the world

Factoid for you!  Since the summer of 2016 to January 2017 our volunteer army in Devon have been providing whole blood for the purposes of transfusion to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.  Last month, Air Ambulance Co-Ordinator Dave 'Cookie' Cook was proud to install a new team of local volunteers in Dorchester to manage the service for us. 

Monday, 19 February 2018 14:24

New Organ Transport Service

Devon Freewheelers are proud to announce a new contract has been signed for the transportation of human tissue for the purposes of transplant. 

Devon Freewheelers launched a new service to the people of Dorset in 2016 by transporting critical care blood for transfusion to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The project has been a huge success.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 17:58

Chief Executive proud to be back

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers and Trustees of Devon Freewheelers for the invitation to return to the charity after my departure six months ago.

Monday the 31st of July saw the opening of the new Devon Freewheelers Hub in the Lace Walk Car Park, Honiton. The official opening was performed by Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton & Honiton, ably introduced by Honiton Town Crier, Dave Retter.The new office is based in what used to be the Tourist Information Centre in Honiton.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 20:25

Devon Freewheelers Charity Ride out 2017

So, Devon Freewheelers is a Motor bike base charity (hence – ‘Riding for life’), with all the emphasis on ‘BIKES’. So why, in heavens name, like other charities have we not had a (recent) charity Ride-out for other likeminded bikers? WELL NOW WE HAVE!

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:14

An Amazing Redrow Homes Spring Donation 2017

Over the last year the staff and sub-contractors of Redrow West Country have been fundraising for both Devon Freewheelers and another Devon charity, the Get Changed Theatre Company.

The Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank Daniel Lavery for his dedicated service since founding the charity in 2009. Dan has now stepped down to seek full time employment and more time with his wife Shelley and Family. Dan has assured us he will carry on riding with the charity and to be seen at fundraising events in the near future.