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Pedal power raises money for Blood Bikes
8:40am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A REDDITCH couple is planning an 80-mile bike ride to raise money for an organisation that funds ‘blood bikes’.
Veronica and Steve Haines will be pedalling their way from the Filton Blood Bank in Bristol, back to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch to raise funds for the Severn Freewheelers, the local branch of the National Association of Blood Bikes.
Blood Bikes are groups of volunteer motorcyclists who provide an out of hours courier service to hospitals and other health institutions.
The couple have organised the event to say thank you for all that the Blood Bikes did for their son, Max, who was born three weeks earlier than expected, suffering from Haemolytic disease.
The disease, severe form of anaemia, meant that he had to have all the blood removed from his body and replaced with new blood with was biked over to Redditch from the blood bank in Bristol.
Mrs Haines said: “Without these guys doing the job they do, we would not have our beautiful four and a half month old baby with us today. The speedy delivery of the blood, coupled with an excellent consultant ensured the trauma Max had suffered ended in the Special Care Baby Unit and Max was given the best chance of a 'normal' life.
“We are so thankful for all the work that people like this do, and if we could help another family then we will do what we can.”
Mr and Mrs Haines will be completing their cycling challenge on Saturday, September 21. To sponsor them visit justgiving.com/milesformax Or to find out more about the Severn Freewheelers and Blood Bikes, visit severnfreewheelers.co.uk.
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