A new life-saving motorbike presented to SERV Norfolk by the League of Friends has been named after a stalwart volunteer at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The new addition to the small fleet of vehicles, a Triumph Trophy, has been called Patricia R and its first duty on the roads will be on Saturday.
The bike has been named after chairwoman Patricia Roome, who has stepped down from the group after more than 60 years.
An official ceremony attended by committee members, volunteers, mayor Colin Manning and Friends’ president Lady Coke, was held at the QEH on Saturday.
SERV Norfolk events officer (West) Rick Joyce said: “I am very pleased that the League of Friends at the QEH have made yet another investment in SERV Norfolk by presenting us with a new bike to be used operationally in the west of the region, based in the Lynn area. Not only have they donated funds to ourselves, but they continue to support the hospital with fundraising, too.”
Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers Norfolk (SERV) is a voluntary organisation that serves the NHS.
The Norfolk branch, which went live in West Norfolk at the end of September 2011, helps medics at the QEH, operating 365 nights of the year.
They provide a free courier service delivering blood, blood products, medical samples and donor breast milk for neo-natal care to where it is most urgently required.
Mr Joyce said: “We receive no funding, so are reliant on charitable public donations, local groups and business to raise the money that we require to keep us on the road.
“In essence, we have completed more than 2,000 duties for the hospital since we were formed, which represents a saving of hundreds-of-thousands of pounds for the hospital.
“There are lots of organisations out there raising money for the NHS and we are just a part of that.”
Since Serv Norfolk’s formation back in 2011, the League of Friends and the Young Farmers, in Downham, have donated four of the seven vehicles currently serving the west of the county.
The League of Friends was registered as a charity in 1953.
Since that time, the willing band of volunteers, who staff the hospital shop and carry out other fundraising activities, have raised millions of pounds which have been spent on essential equipment for the hospital.