Garforth & District Lions are proud to announce a £500 donation to the Whiteknights Emergency Voluntary Service.  The cheque was presented at the Squires Café Bar, Sherburn in Elmet.

The Whiteknights is a “blood bike” charity providing a voluntary urgent courier service to the NHS completely free of charge.   The service provides this out of hours service 7pm to 7 am and all weekends, 365 days per year.  It covers not only blood supplies, but includes palliative care drugs and medication for various hospices and GPs, baby milk transportation between hospitals, medical results and biopsy samples.

Originally established with a limited service in 2008 they now provide their service throughout Yorkshire. The Whiteknights are fully staffed by unpaid volunteers, who offer their time to provide this service which uses high powered blue light equipped fully liveried motorcycles.

The Lions were approached by Whiteknight Neil Jacklin, a resident of Garforth, with a request for help with the Whiteknights charitable funding, to allow them to continue their valuable work across the county; supporting the NHS in its work. This fits in well with the Lions, whose traditional motto is simply ‘We Serve’.

Mark Dobson of the Lions said “The Whiteknights volunteers do great work in the county transporting blood and essential medicines supporting the NHS & the emergency services. We know our donation will be put to very good use”

Garforth & District Lions club are part of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest voluntary service organisation, with a global membership of around 1.4 million Lions.  Whilst based in Garforth, it is important to note that they raise funds and undertake voluntary work across the district, including the surrounding communities of Aberford, Allerton Bywater, Barwick, Great and Little Preston, Kippax, Ledsham, Ledston, Micklefield, Scholes and Swillington.

The Lions can be contacted via their website at www.garforthlions.btck.co.uk or by calling 0845 833 5825.  Event information can be found on Facebook – Garforth & District Lions Club.

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