Best of Health Awards: Unsung Hero

Paige Howitt

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THEY truly are the heroes of the night.

When darkness falls and hospitals need blood, milk, and other medical matters transferring, it’s this team that steps up, and becomes a free taxi service for the NHS.

The winners of the Unsung Hero of the Year, Serv the volunteer blood biker group, are presented with their award by Dr Ros Tolcher.

The winners of the Unsung Hero of the Year, Serv the volunteer blood biker group, are presented with their award by Dr Ros Tolcher.

Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (Serv) is a group of volunteer blood bikers, who transport such matters from place to place on motorbikes.

And they were crowned winners at this year’s Best of Health Awards 2013, in the Unsung Hero category.

Rider volunteer Steve Morton said: ‘A lot of us go out in the middle of the night, and people don’t know we do it.

‘They don’t see the vehicles on the road like they would in the day.

‘We deliver, bloods, medicines and notes, from hospitals all year round, free.

‘Otherwise they would need to call a taxi.

‘We were so excited to win this award, hopefully this will give us some recognition now.’

Serv were nominated by Barry Hearn, who is the blood transfusion operational manager, at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.

He said: ‘Serv’s unpaid volunteers provide an invaluable out-of-hours service to the NHS which saves money.

‘But not only that, it provides a transport service at the times of day when other transport services are often difficult to access.’

Runner up in this category were four teachers from Petersgate Infant School, in Clanfield.

Tracey Bertram, Chris Read, Lisa Stubbs and Celeste Gilchrist, were nominated by parent Emma Goddard.

She was grateful teachers learnt how to use her six-year-old son Ryan’s insulin pump.