Reflex Vehicle Hire and Avon Tyres support local charity

Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bike partnership

Reflex Vehicle Hire and Avon Tyres provide resources to local charity

Reflex Vehicle Hire have provided Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes with a free-of-charge vehicle for them to complete vital and lifesaving deliveries of urgent blood samples and other products to NHS hospitals and blood banks across the relevant regions.

Alongside this, Avon Tyres as one of Reflex Vehicle Hire’s suppliers have also partnered with the group by providing them with free tyres for all the motorcycles and the van.

Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. They provide an out of hours service, ran completely by volunteers who rotate and cover 12-hour shifts.

Oliver Waring, Managing Director of Reflex Vehicle Hire said

“As a safety-first vehicle rental provider, we believe we have a social responsibility within our local community to help. Part of our philosophy is drive safe home safe, so it was an easy decision to ensure that the Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes continue the excellence work they do safely for the NHS, all year round.”

Ollie Cufflin, Chairman of the Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes commented:

“On behalf of all the members of the blood bike group, we are thrilled to have received such a tremendous donation of tyres for our fleet motorbikes and van from the team at Avon Tyres and our thanks must go to Tony Shaw for making all of this possible.”

He continued to say:

“Thanks to Oliver and Lisa and all the team at Reflex Vehicle Hire for their continued support in 2020. Not only do they provide one of our fleet vans, but ongoing opportunities to broaden our reach in raising awareness of our charity, as well as technical support and advice of driver safety and training.”

The team at Reflex Vehicle Hire also nominated Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes as the chosen charity at the Commercial Fleet Awards 2019. The charity was picked for the annual event which gave the group a chance to send a group of representatives along with one of the motorcycles from their fleet to encourage public and business donations.

The night was very successful for the charity, seeing them raise a generous £2,500, along with the offer of the free tyres from Avon Tyres.

Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes said:

“The group is operated 100% by volunteers and relies on public and private individual donations, as well as business funding to maintain the free service to our regions NHS hospitals and Air Ambulance. The donations we receive provide a huge boost in maintaining the fleet, whilst minimising the direct costs to our charity.”

About Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes

Leicestershire & Rutland Blood Bikes is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. The group follows the Blood Bike model operated across the UK by about 30 other Blood Bike groups, most of them affiliated to The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB).

Many of the volunteers are keen motorcyclists but the group is not limited, with the group having two vans on fleet for members to use instead. The volunteers are not exhaustive of drivers, as the group also have fund raisers and telephone controllers.

What they do

The group provide a free, out-of-hours courier service to public health bodies in Leicestershire & Rutland between approximately 7pm and 6am Monday to Friday, with 24-hour cover at weekends and during public holidays. They also deliver blood products throughout the week to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance based at East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire.

They work with hospitals to fulfil their transport needs in an efficient and timely manner. Getting to the destination safely is very important. On top of this, they collect donated breast milk and transport this to the Women’s Hospital in Birmingham for processing and subsequent distribution to neo-natal units.

What they transport

The blood bike groups support hospitals with the movement of blood, blood products, pathology samples, patient notes, x-rays, patient scans, surgical equipment, donated breast milk and anything else where there is an immediate requirement to transport.

All items are delivered to a professional standard with the objective to allow the NHS to reduce their transport costs and the money saved can be re-invested into direct patient care.

About Reflex Vehicle Hire

Safety First Vehicle Rental

Reflex Vehicle Hire is fully focused on delivering first-class service levels, with duty of care at the heart of everything they do. They have led the industry in introducing the latest award-winning on-road safety systems as standard to help keep drivers from harm and to maximise control of a company’s fleet, which keeps operational costs to a minimum whilst lowering risk.

First Class Service Levels

When you use Reflex Vehicle Hire, you benefit from the expertise of a team with a wealth of experience in effective vehicle management. They understand the pressures customers face and the important role vehicles play in the business.

They act as a partner in your business and your requirements are the highest priority, with vehicles and support designed around your needs. Their national delivery service ensures your fleet requirements can be met, wherever you are, 24-hours a day.

About Avon Tyres

Avon Tyres is owned by the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. Established in 1885, Avon Tyres has a rich and storied history in the tyre industry and a long history of fleet fitments in the UK. Over the decades, the manufacturer has produced tyres for cars, vans, motorbikes and more.

Today, the manufacturer’s van products are chosen by many fleet operators, including Reflex Vehicle Hire, for their robust construction, enhanced durability, fuel efficiency and all-round performance. Avon also offers ZT7 and ZV7 car tyres, which fit many popular car fleet vehicles.

Not only has Avon proven itself on the road, but also on race tracks around the world – on two wheels as well as four.

Avon's more than a century of tyre-making experience is combined with the very latest design and manufacturing technology. Add in a punishing test regime and you can see why Avon makes tyres of unparalleled quality and ability.

When you're after tyres that can confidently shrug off the elements and help make driving a pleasure rather than a chore, ask for Avon.


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