Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes were proud to unveil and name one of our recent purchases of a BMW F800GT which has now been named DELIA, in recognition of Delia Moscardini who recently turned the grand age of 100.
Delia was born in Scotland after her parents moved to the UK after World War one.
In 1965 Delia settled in Dumfries and was the owner of Lochside Café the Family are well known within the area and has been featured in a number of books about the migration of the many Italians who migrated to the UK as a result of the Wars.
Delia and her Family were very touched at the naming of the bike and are big supporters of what Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes achieve for the patients and communities across the Region.
Part of the purpose of the new bike, along with its sister bike, purchased from another Blood Bike Group in the south of England is to give more option for Volunteers who are sometimes put off by the size of the usual Yamaha FJR1300’s.
The Funding for the two BMW’s has been raised from the money donated into the collection pots that are spread across the Region along with the Gift Aid claimed for them. It really does go to show that every penny helps as the collection pots raise over £8000 a year now and with the Gift Aid it goes over £10000.
Chairman, David Hook commented “It was an honour to meet such an amazing Lady in Delia, having lived a life through a century and seen many changes in life, culture and tradition. Delia was moved to tears when she saw the bike with her name on it. Having the smaller bike in our fleet gives more options for some riders that are put off by the bigger bikes”
Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes are currently in need of more volunteers across the Region, whether it is as a rider, a driver or as a controller.
Riders and drivers need to be over the age of 25 and have held their licence for more than a year and also have or be prepared to complete advanced rider or driver training, something which we are able to help finance with specific funds we have been awarded for training.
Training can be provided by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), by ROSPA or through DART, (Dumfries Advanced Rider Training). Once completed, role specific training is given within the Blood Bike group.
Controllers are also given full training and can control from home or whilst out and about.
All we ask is that Volunteers can give their time for one day or night per month.
David Hook also commented “We would like to thank everyone who supports us in helping the Patients and their Families in Communities throughout Dumfries and Galloway. Funding is key at the moment with the soaring costs of fuel and we are always looking for Sponsors and Grants to enable us to continue to support all we can.”
If you are interested in being a volunteer or to sponsor the group, you can contact by going to the website, www.dgbloodbikes.org.uk, by email email@example.com, or on Facebook for Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes.