A charity which uses motorbike riders to deliver urgent blood supplies is expanding across the North East.
Northumbria Blood Bikes sends volunteers to transport vital blood stocks to hospitals between the hours of 7pm and 7am.
Health experts say the service saves money - as well as lives - because trusts would have to pay for a courier or taxi for those night time deliveries
Their name may be the Northumbria Blood Bikers, but, in reality, they travel to Tyne and Wear, County Durham.
And, their newest delivery point is Darlington Memorial Hospital.
Each and everyone of them is a volunteer and they all want to make a difference.
– Alan Ross, Northumbria Blood Bikers
"Years and years ago there was an advert on TV for a motorcycle company which showed blood bikes in use in another part of the country. Very quickly we thought this is something we can do in the North East. So a few people got together and expressed an interest. So we got it formed a year and a half ago."
There were around 15 members at the start, but today there are nearly 100, half of whom are riders.
Each has their own reason for joining:
– Philippa Bromley, Northumbria Blood Bikers
'I can't give blood because of a medical condition, so I thought it would be good if i could carry it around for other people instead.'
Northumbria Blood Bikes transport emergency stocks between the hours of 7pm and 7am, which saves health trusts having to pay for taxis.
– Russell Urwin, County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
'The evenings and through the night we would either use ad-hoc deliveries or taxi services. There will be, over the course of the year, considerable savings and these savings will go directly back into NHS patient care.'
Their final aim is to keep expanding, finding a way to cover every hospital in the North East, delivering a vital service to those people who are most in need.