A group of warm-hearted bikers who provide a life-saving service have been awarded a £400 Scotmid Co-operative community grant.
Blood Bikes Scotland, run completely by volunteers, delivers urgently-needed blood and supplies to NHS hospitals, free of charge.
Hospitals would normally have to use a courier or taxi service so Blood Bikes has freed up valuable resources.
The grant will be put towards running costs such as road tax and insurance for the motorcycles and public liability insurance for the riders.
Brian Fraser, promotions manager for Blood Bikes Scotland, said: “We’re very grateful to Scotmid for this grant as it will help keep our motorbikes on the road, ensuring that we can continue this service throughout Lothian and Borders.”
Scotmid donates around £250,000 to local causes through its community grant scheme each year.
Its membership and community manager Patricia Edington said: “Blood Bikes Scotland volunteers provide an invaluable service, transporting vital resources through the night in an effort to relieve the pressure on NHS budgets. It’s this type of community-minded activity that we are proud to support.”
Blood Bikes Scotland was established in 2012; it delivers blood products to hospitals, out of hours and at weekends, 365 days a year.
It currently has two motorcycles and 21 volunteer riders based between Edinburgh and Hawick.
The charity is set to trial a courier service between the Blood Transfusion Service at Lauriston Place in Edinburgh to hospitals in the Borders and aims to eventually extend to Lothians, Borders and Fife.
For more details, visit www.bloodbikesscotland.co.uk