Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes Receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

A volunteer run charity serving the people of Leicestershire and Rutland has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Volunteers ride on Blood Bikes delivering blood and blood products, pathology samples, medication, patient notes and scans, and human donor milk to local NHS hospitals such as Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital and Leicester General.
The group also provides support to the local Air Ambulance, delivering blood for use by the trauma teams at any incident to which they are called.
The chairman of the Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes, Oliver Cufflin, feels “extremely honoured” to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Wednesday 2nd June.
Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including an inclusive tennis club in Lincolnshire; a children’s bereavement charity in London; a support group for those living with dementia and their carers in North Yorkshire; a volunteer minibus service in Cumbria; a group supporting young people in Belfast; a community radio station in Inverness and a mountain rescue team in Powys.
Representatives of Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes will receive the award crystal and certificate from Michael Kapur OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire later this summer. Furthermore two volunteers from the Blood Bikes will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022 (depending on restrictions at the time), along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
Oliver Cufflin, Chairman, says: “The group is extremely delighted and wholly humbled to receive this award, and it is a testament to each and every one of our wonderful volunteers, who have now been officially recognised at the highest level for their ongoing hard work and commitment.”