We, Devon Freewheelers are a team of 44 volunteer Emergency Vehicle drivers who are dedicated to providing a weekday out of hours service (17.00 – 06.00) and 24/7 weekend service supporting the NHS in delivering essential Blood, Samples, Medication and Donor Breast Milk to hospitals throughout Devon.
Occasionally we are obliged to go out of county to Bristol and further afield to support the NHS. More recently, we even had two riders despatched to Great Ormond Street Hospital to complete a mission. Two riders? To ensure safe delivery we like to cover long trips with an additional rider in case of accident or unforeseen circumstances. 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 22 volunteers providing call centre and essential fundraising support. Our annual budget is £150,000 which is essential in maintaining the fleet of 11 bikes and two 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.
On this website, you will find details of the number of missions undertaken by month and YTD. 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 here.
Our Motto is 'Riding for Life'
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The Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank Daniel Lavery for his dedicated service since founding the charity in 2009. Dan has now stepped down to seek full time employment and more time with his wife Shelley and Family. Dan has assured us he will carry on riding with the charity and to be seen at fundraising events in the near future.
Devon Freewheelers would like to thank local business man John Capon, owner of Otter Windows in Honiton for providing and sponsoring the charities new fundraising van, a Citreon Nemo Enterprise. The van is used to promote the charity and to carry fundraising equipment to events all year around, in bad weather conditions it has also been used to carry out vital blood runs.
DFW volunteers -
So with everything ordered and delivered we were set for a great day and we weren’t disappointed. The show organisers have managed to pull off probably the best show the town has seen in decades. It just all worked and there was something for virtually everyone. The crowds came in their droves and the entertainment was both breathtaking and awe inspiring with a variety to match.
A new fleet vehicle is the latest addition to the Bloodbike armoury of tools in the form of a fully functional ambulance which has been decommissioned from an emergency response vehicle and adapted and restored to operate as a first aid medical facility, to be used as a support vehicle when Freewheeler volunteer first aiders offer their services to cover community social events.
Breakthrough service delivers blood for emergency transfusions at remote locations
A new life-saving service was launched today that will enable blood transfusions to be given to critically Injured people in remote locations.
We are delighted that we have been chosen to be Exeter's Lord Mayors charity for her period in office following her inauguration.
The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor Councillor Cynthia Thompson is the new Lord Mayor of Exeter. She will use her term in office to raise money for the Devon Freewheelers.
We are extremely proud to announce that Daniel Lavery, Devon Blood Bikes Founder & Chief Executive, has been awarded the “Points of Light” award by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Every weekday the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with this award which recognises outstanding individual volunteers and people who are making a change in their community.