Custom made racking and high visibility graphics supplied for two new bikes by Bri-Stor Group
Enabling the charity to extend it vital work, Staffordshire based manufacturing business, Bri-Stor Group, which consists of companies Bri-Stor Systems, Alpha Manufacturing, Atlas Coating and Hex Graphics, has supported Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes to add two new bikes to their fleet.
Headed up by Alpha Manufacturing Production Engineer and Blood Bikes volunteer Sam Weaver, the company has helped to design, manufacture and fit racking to the bikes, which will house temperature-controlled containers needed to transport blood, vaccines and other essential medical equipment across the country. High visibility graphics, akin to those used by the emergency services have also been applied to the vehicles.
The two new Moto Guzzi V85TT bikes, named Mark Mariner and Rainbow by the Blood Bikes Team, have already made their maiden trips, one from Leighton Hospital to the Medical School at Birmingham University, and the second to The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.
Production Engineer and Blood Bikes Volunteer, Sam Weaver said: “As someone who is passionate about the work that Blood Bikes do, when I saw an opportunity for our business to be able to contribute, I knew we had to get involved.
“It was great to be able to get stuck in designing the racks, fabricating and fitting them to the new bikes. Having such vast in-house capabilities meant that were able to quickly produce the parts for the bikes on-site in just a few days, as well as get the high visibility graphics applied by the HEX Graphics team at the same time. It makes me proud to be able to see the new bikes in action, made possible through our work.”
Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes Fleet Manager, Nigel Howells said: “We are so grateful to Sam and the team at Bri-Stor Group for helping us with this project. The more bikes we have on the road, the greater the number of urgent medical items and blood products we can transport. Their work has added two more bikes to our fleet, enabling us to continue and expand our services.”
Bri-Stor Group hope to be able to continue to support the charity with new bikes in future.