The Mark Benevolent Fund Partnership with Blood Bikes
The MBF first became aware of the Blood Bike Charities in January 2016 when an application for assistance was received from Northumbria Blood Bikes.
Most Blood Bike Charities fall under the umbrella of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (also a registered charity). The aim is to assist in the promotion of public health through the voluntary support of hospital services. The charities provide out of hours transportation services for local NHS sites in the movement of blood and human tissue – all done free of charge thereby reducing the financial strain on NHS funding.
In May 2017 the MBF Charity Walk took place along the seven-mile route of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk through the Royal Parks in central London. That event surpassed all expectation and raised a staggering £437,973. The Trustees of the MBF wanted to give something back to the brethren in the Provinces who had given so generously and decided to invite all Blood Bike Charities in England Wales to apply for the funding of a new vehicle. The majority of Mark Provinces of England and Wales are serviced by those charities and all that applied will receive a new vehicle. To date the MBF has provided 16 Blood Bikes and 10 Blood Cars.
To coincide with the Blood Bike Awareness day on Friday 17 August the national handover took place at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham which was attended by The Provincial Grand Master, R. W. Bro. Robert A Stokes and W. Brethren Brian Hornigold and Marcus Dickens both of whom took part in the walk. Our Province will have the benefit of vehicles although not directly based in the Province.
The photograph shows the Provincial Grand Master, Provincial Grand Master Overseer and Provincial Grand Inspector of Works at the National Motorcycle Museum for the official handover, where they learned more of the Blood Bike Service and met brethren representing the other Mark Degree Provinces.