Blood Bikes

Philip Russell & Leon BarnesThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 5th December was Philip Russell from the North West Blood Bikes charity who gave an illustrated presentation on their work.   

The organisation which was set up in 2013 now has over 400 riders who, either riding their own bikes or when qualified using the charities bikes, to deliver blood, samples, records and anything which can safely be transported on a motorcycle. Blood Bikes

This service, which is done completely free of charge, last year saved the NHS £15,000.  The area covered includes the South Lakes area and down into Lancashire as well as liaising with other similar organisations when deliveries to other parts of the country are necessary.

Update on the Khiraule project

Philip HoyleThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 7th November was Philip Hoyle, one of their own members. Since 2014,  Philip has been responsible for  overseeing a project to help a village in Nepal (Khiraule) to provide recourses for their local school.

Over £30,000 has been raised and allowed the school to have proper sanitation, a clean water supply, repairs and extensions to the existing building as well as equipment and educational  materials.  He has been in touch since the recent disastrous earthquakes and he reported on how the village, although suffering  substantial damage, is coping.

The next phase of the project is to help fund the building of a Community Hall at a cost of about £20,000.

Swifts - How to help these endangered birds

Tania and Edmund HoareThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 31stOctober was Tania Hoare from the ‘Sedbergh Community Swifts’ group who gave an illustrated presentation on the fascinating life of these endangered birds.

It is a remarkable fact that they only land for three month during the breeding season with the remaining nine months permanently in flight.  They eat, drink and sleep on the wing.

She also explained how they are endeavouring to increase the numbers by a number of initiatives which include incorporating swift boxes and swift bricks on restored and new build house.