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Emergency Volunteer Riders
who transport urgently needed
items to Hospitals in Bath
Bristol & Somerset


Frewheelers

Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service is a registered charity and winner of the Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service, which provides an out-of-hours emergency motorcycle courier service to hospitals in the South West of England.

 Founded in 1991, Freewheelers EVS has a coverage area that includes Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol, Bath and West Wiltshire. Freewheelers is one of a number of groups that cover different parts of the country.

Our lifesaving service to the NHS is provided free of charge and is funded entirely by public donation and sponsorship. We are often referred to as blood bikes but we do much more, transporting test samples, patient notes, X-rays, and other medical supplies. In 2007 we made more thaqn 2,100 deliveries, covering a distance of 85,000 miles. Further details of our work can be found in our 2007 year on year statistics and our Constitution.

Freewheelers EVS operates a fleet of specially adapted Yamaha FJR1300 motorcycles equipped with high visibility markings plus blue lights and sirens for emergency use. These enable us to save lives by delivering urgently required items. If our service did not exist hospitals would be forced to use a costly and potentially slow taxi or commercial courier.

Freewheelers EVS is run entirely by volunteers. All our riders hold an advanced motorcycling qualification, such as the advanced riding test by RoSPA, IAM, or the BMF. We also have a dedicated team of fund raisers and telephone co-ordinators. Incoming requests from hospitals are categorised by the on-duty co-ordinator as non-urgent, urgent, or emergency and the nearest of our three duty bikes is dispatched to assist. In June 2008, Freewheelers’ volunteers were given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of their work as unsung heroes.