Dovenby WI March 2016
President Nita Eubank opened the evening meeting and welcomed five new visitors. Secretary Sheila Martin read the minutes and other correspondence. Nita then continued with the County Newsletter, and followed this by introducing our speaker for the evening, Anne Marie Moffatt, who is part of a group of local volunteers - 'Blood Bikes Cumbria'. These hard-working people give up their valuable spare time providing an out-of-hours emergency response service for the NHS. Saving lives means delivering blood and other urgent medical supplies between hospitals and blood transfusion banks, primarily in Cumbria, but also out of county.
Anne Marie gave us an insight into how they help to save a patient's life. Motorbikes are used to quickly get through heavy traffic to reach the destination.
Relying solely on volunteer time, private donations and corporate sponsorship, they save the NHS thousands of pounds. Running costs are high. Motorbikes can cost £15,000, so financial help is essential.
Sheila Martin gave Anne Marie a vote of thanks for her contribution to a service which really can save lives.
The competition - an old road map, was won by Nita Eubank and Hazel Graves.
The quiz was won by Hillary Halliwell.
The Raffle was won by Jean Moralee.
Meetings are usually held at Bridekirk Dovenby School on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. More details and a programme are to be found on http://www.bridekirkparish.org.uk/wi
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