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EGGER (UK) Limited have presented their official charity Northumbria Blood Bikes with a new, fully serviced Yamaha motor bike and two years’ worth of fuel.
Employees voted to support the charity for the worthwhile service it provides to people across the region and have spent the last two years raising funds to help.
Bob Livesey, Commercial Director at EGGER Western European Division and chairman of the EGGER Charity Committee explained: “Northumbria Blood Bikes does an enormous amount of good work across the region and I am delighted that our employees fundraising efforts and support from the EGGER company has enabled Northumbria Blood Bikes to add to their fleet of vehicles.”
Throughout 2016 and 2017 a range of events have taken place from pub quizzes, golfing competitions, raffles and for the more adventurous regional and national challenges.
Dan McPherson, EGGER Mechanical Fitter and charity committee member who organised a Yorkshire Three Peaks and a National Three Peaks Challenge, said: “The challenges created a lot of interest at work and people were very generous in their support. We raised approximately £5,000 and everyone involved had a great time.”
Tony Bewick, EGGER recycling process operator put forward the suggestion to support Northumbria Blood Bikes and commented: “I’ve been a Blood Bike rider for over two years and have seen first-hand the vital work that the charity does. EGGER’s donation will provide a much needed vehicle and I’m really proud to work for a company which has supported such a good local cause. I can’t wait to ride the EGGER bike the next time I volunteer.”
Kirsty Lawrence, Publicity Officer for Northumbria Blood Bikes, said: “The number of jobs we carry out each month continues to increase, along with the number of miles we need to cover. This bike will be instrumental in our frontline service of helping us to potentially save hundreds of North East lives.
“We are extremely grateful for all the hard work the EGGER employees have undertaken to raise the funds and to the company for their support. In recognition of this we have named the bike after the company
The EGGER bike will cover the whole of the North East region, including the nightly route between Hexham hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle delivering urgent medical supplies and test samples.