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.
This team is ably supported by a network of 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.
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Fitness fanatic Matt Bond of Matt Bond Signworks embarks on Climb South West's 100k endurance challenge for Devon Freewheelers. Matt has turned his passion for running into a fundraising exercise whilst satisfying a personal ambition to beat this massive challenge. Find out more from Matt himself....
Honiton adventurer Sharon Grove is well on her way to her next expedition and challenges the Rockie Mountains for Devon Freewheelers! Sharon has been a fundraiser for the charity for a number of years and last year conquered the Grand Canyon.
Great Britain has a new entry to the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2018, world renowned for being the most gruelling cross atlantic rowing challenge; and they're doing it for Devon Freewheelers. Two men putting their lives on the line so that we can Ride For Life, Someone else's.
A spectacular bit of family entertainment for you during Easter Break! Our friends at the City of Light Theatre in Sidmouth are presenting Jack and the Beanstalk and all profits have been pledged to Devon Freewheelers. The dates for your diaries are 12th - 14th April 2018 with daytime and evening shows.
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.