Bikers get charity donation on the road

Hartlepool Misfits and Blood Run members pictured together following the cash presentation

Hartlepool Misfits and Blood Run members pictured together following the cash presentation

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KIND-HEARTED bikers showed their softer side by donating much-needed cash to a life-saving service.

Members of the Hartlepool Misfits Motorcycle Club handed over £1,240 to the Blood Run scheme, which sees blood and other vital medical supplies transported free-of-charge to hospitals and medical centres by voluntary motorbike riders.

The cash was raised during a charity night at The Raglan, in Stuart Street, which included raffles, bingo, auctions, and donations from a number of local businesses.

Around 200 people attended the event at The Raglan, which is where the Misfits meet on alternate Tuesday nights.

The Misfits were approached by representatives from Blood Run, as ‘Clem’ Clements, the club’s chairman, is friends with Police Community Support Officer Jon Formstone, of Hartlepool Police, who is a Blood Run volunteer.

Mr Clements said: “Jon Formstone said the scheme needed some help.

“It is self-funding and from what I’ve heard taxis were charging something like £45 to deliver a pint of blood to hospitals, whereas this is free.”

The Misfits, which has been running for 19 years and has 15 members, have appeared in the Mail regularly over the past few years, having donated money to other worthy causes, including the Great North Air Ambulance, the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and The Dogs’ Trust.

Mr Clements said: “We do a lot of charity work, which we enjoy, and it was nice to help a charity which has a motorcycle link.”

Steve Basford, chairman of Blood Run, said: “We are absolutely over the moon with what the group has done for us and I hope the partnership between us carries on.

“The money will go towards the running costs of the two motorbikes we will use to deliver the blood.”

Once given the go-ahead from the NHS later this year, the motorbikes will operate all over the Cleveland area and could save the NHS thousands of pounds.

For more information, visit www.bloodrun.co.uk.