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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A volunteer from Devon Freewheelers, Ian Hopkins, 49, from Exeter has been cleared of all charges of breaking the law whilst responding on a blood bike to an emergency call for a hospital in Plymouth at Exeter Magistrates Court today. He was found 'not guilty' by a District Judge who heard the case and took nearly three hours to reach a decision.
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, of the Devon and Cornwall Police sends written commendation to the volunteers of Devon Freewheelers. In his letter he states: "I am writing to you to express my personal and profound thanks as Chief Constable and on behalf of colleagues within Devon & Cornwall Police"