Ladies Group

ST OSWALD’S LADIES GROUP

June opened our September meeting with prayers and welcomed
everyone back after the holiday. Final arrangements were in hand for our
anniversary meal in the Parish Centre on Monday 1st October 7 p.m. for
7.30 p.m. when our Vicar, Harvey, will be our speaker.
If you would like to join us for our Annual trip to Theatre Severn for the
pantomime Mother Goose on Thursday 3rd January 2019 can you please
let June know as we have only booked thirty tickets. Tickets cost £22
each (plus the cost of coach travel for non-members).

Our speaker for the evening was Pam Hillier a Controller
with the Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood
Bikes. What a marvellous asset to the NHS.
SSCBB is an Emergency Volunteer Service which
operates all year on a 24/7 basis providing the NHS with
an out-of hours emergency service for delivering of blood and urgently
required medical items including microbiological samples and donor
breast milk for premature babies using specially-equipped motorbikes. It is
one hundred per cent funded by public subscriptions.
In the early hours of the morning when hospitals in Shropshire,
Staffordshire and Cheshire urgently require blood, staff would have little
choice but to call a taxi company to make the deliveries - costing up to
three hundred pounds per trip.
Four years ago a group of volunteers stepped in, forming a charity which
helps to save lives and NHS resources. Earlier this month it was
announced that the group and its unsung heroes will now be honoured
with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the highest honour given to
volunteer groups across the UK. SSCBB have two hundred and eighty
volunteers which includes seventy advanced qualified riders who make
the deliveries. In Shropshire SSCBB serves Royal Shrewsbury Hospital,
Princess Royal Hospital, Bridgnorth Hospital, Ludlow Hospital, Robert
Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and Severn Hospice both in
Telford and Shrewsbury as well as Countess of Chester, Leighton, Crewe,
Macclesfield District General, Royal Stoke University, Haywood, Burslem,
County, Stafford, Queens Burton and Samuel Johnson Lichfield. The
charity responds to about one hundred calls a week across the three
counties. Riders covered more than 195,000 miles last year making 4,693 deliveries. The charity also has its own fleet of fifteen motorbikes.
It must find more than £100,000 in funding each year to continue running
so fundraising is vital. There are certainly times when the quicker they
can get results back the better the outcome for the patient so blood bikes
are helping save lives and, at the same time, they are saving the NHS lots
of money.
All Riders have passed an Advanced Motorcycle Test and are
independently assessed by ex-Police Motorcycle rider/instructors to ride
for the blood Bikes service. SSCBB volunteer controllers need a few
spare hours with continuous access to a telephone (mobile) and the
internet, at home, at work or anywhere. SSCBB volunteer Fundraisers
with a few hours to spare will be part of a great team and make an
invaluable contribution to the charity.
For more information visit - www.twitter.com/staffsbloodbike -
www.facebook.com/staffordshirebloodbikes
shrops.staffsbloodbikes@gmail.com

Ann Sagar

St Oswald’s Ladies Group Meetings 2018/2019

October 1 - Harvest - Rev. Harvey Gibbons

 November 5 -Ann Boulton - Barbara Castle called me bossy! 

December 3 -  Members night - Mrs Tamms Flushed with Pride

January 7 - Liz Jermy - Food Bank

February 4 - Annual dinner

March 4 - Annual General Meeting

A selection of photos from recent meetings.