Bike a gift for organ-delivery charity
A CHARITY that delivers life-saving donor organs across Plymouth has been gifted a top-class motorbike.
The Devon Freemasons donated the ex-police demonstrator Kawasaki to the Devon Freewheelers after appalling weather meant the charity missed out on fundraising this winter.
The bike will now be used to deliver medical samples, medicines, surgical equipment and even donor organs across Plymouth and the rest of Devon for the NHS.
Handing over the keys on behalf of Devon Freemasons, Very Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury said: "We are delighted to be able to help this charity continue with this vital service to the benefit of everyone in Devon."
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The Devon Freewheelers ferries the urgent supplies, including blood, between Devon Hospitals 24/7 – and is run by volunteers relying on funds raised by themselves and their supporters.
Costs of fuel for the charity can reach £2,000 a month and the Freewheelers have had to dig into their own pockets this winter to pay for fuel and other equipment.
Following media coverage of their plight, the Freemasons came forward with an initial grant of £2,000, which enabled the charity to keep going over the busy festive period.
Aware that this was only a temporary fix, the Freemasons have now donated the motorbike and offered to fund it for a year. Devon Freewheelers chief executive Dan Lavery said he was close to tears when he received the keys to the new bike. "We cannot thank Devon Freemasons enough," he said. "Their initial grant helped us in a very difficult time, and this bike will help us continue providing this life-saving service into the future, and in appreciation, we will name it 'MasonicLife'.