KING’S LYNN: The Valeria C takes to the road to save lives
Two wheels have grown into four for the SERV volunteer blood delivery service.
King’s Lynn Hospitals League of Friends has given the service an emergency blood car, named Valeria C after its president, Lady Coke, of Holkham Hall.
The car will be used in addition to a blood bike which the league of friends presented to SERV last year. The bike was named Barbara B in memory of the former manager of the league’s shop in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The car, to be used during cold weather, has been given a high-visibility livery paid for by staff at Adrian Flux Insurance and was officially handed over this week.
SERV’s acting chairman, David Parish, said: “When temperatures fall below 4C, we can’t use motorcycles to transport blood and blood products because the hospitals don’t like them delivered frozen!”
Pictured above is Lady Coke, of the League of Friends, presenting the blood car to acting SERV chairman David Parish, watched by West Norfolk borough mayor Geoffrey Wareham and Craig Darwin, of Adrian Flux Insurance.
The blood car will be based in West Norfolk but will operate over a much wider area.
Mr Parish said: “The day before the official handover, it was used to ferry donated breast milk from the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital to help sick and premature babies there.”
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