Hawick man gears up for vital courier role

Steven Quintus of Blood Bike Scotland. Photograph: Rob Gray

Steven Quintus of Blood Bike Scotland. Photograph: Rob Gray

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A Hawick hosiery worker by day is set to perform a life-saving service by night, as he prepares to become the region’s first Blood Biker.

Steven Quintus is the driving force behind a bid to provide a free motorcycle courier service through the night for hospitals – with plans for a bike to be based in Hawick.

Blood Bikes have existed in Britain since 1969, with groups of motorcyclists volunteering to deliver urgently-needed blood and supplies to hospitals between 7pm and 6am. Such a service has never taken off in Scotland, but Mr Quintus is now on the brink of launching Blood Bikes for the Borders.

A hosiery engineer with House of Cheviot, he explained: “I was watching Channel 4 and an advert for Honda was a Blood Bike. I lost both my mum and dad to cancer and wanted to give something back to the NHS.”

He added: “Blood Bikes deliver urgently-needed drugs, human tissues, breast milk and other medical requirements between hospitals. Where they would normally use a taxi service, we will do it for free – thus saving the NHS some money.”

Mr Quintus bought an ex-police motorbike which has been modified and donated to the charity. And he has joined forces with recently-formed Blood Bikes Scotland in Edinburgh with a view to launching a group that will work primarily in the Lothian, Borders and Fife areas. A second bike has also been made available.

He added: “We’ve now got names of people willing to volunteer so we’re not far away from getting set-up. It is exciting.”

Mr Quintus, the local co-ordinator for Blood Bikes Scotland, says they are always keen to attract volunteers and support for the charity, and donations and sponsors are welcome. For more details call 07763776739, or go to www.bloodbikesscotland.co.uk