This past week saw SERV Kent receive a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a voluntary organisation and is the equivalent of a MBE
This charity provides a vital service transporting blood by motorbike 24/7 for a variety of critical organisations, ranging from NHS Trusts across Kent, Air Ambulance, and Demelza and Ellenor Hospices; as well as other critical supplies for dialysis and transplants.
All of this is achieved by using a fleet of both dedicated, charity-owned emergency motorcycles, cars and private vehicles, driven/ridden by Advanced Trained and professionally qualified volunteers. The charity provides both emergency and ad-hoc delivery services free of charge at the point of service, saving its partner organisations hundreds of thousands of pounds each year, and thus enabling them to use their funds to improve patient care and facilities. Their motto of #itswhatwedo and the objective of saving lives is clearly something that every member of the organisation lives by and achieves through their tireless and unassuming efforts.
Many members of the Province of West Kent are actively involved in this charity as riders (also known as Bloodrunners), and we congratulate them and their colleagues on this outstanding achievement. Particular mention goes to two highly respected members of Eynsford Castle Lodge No. 8684 who sadly passed away before seeing this charity being recognised to such a level. Namely David Brown, former CEO and Secretary of the charity and Michael McNally who was much loved by all who worked with him. If you would like to find out more or perhaps volunteer your time to help this charity please take the time to visit: https://servkent.co.uk/