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Posturite gives its support to the Blood Runners

A clearance of redundant or excess stock items in the Posturite warehouse is being used to provide much needed funds for a Sussex charity.

The goods – mainly desktop accessories and computer peripherals – are being sold on eBay by SERV Sussex, a team of motorcycling volunteers who provide a free out-of-hours blood and blood products delivery service to hospitals in the region.

Peter Burnett, a member of Posturite’s network and communications infrastructure team, joined the SERV volunteers in August last year after seeing a story about them on Meridian TV. Following a period of training and assessment, he has recently completed his first two live runs delivering blood platelets from the handover point on the A23 at Hooley in Surrey to hospitals in Eastbourne and Hastings.

It costs £20,000 a year to keep the SERV riders – better known as the Blood Runners – on the road, even though the volunteers provide their services free of charge and, in many cases, use their own motorbikes. All of this money has to come from donations and fund-raising events.

Peter, who spends one night every fortnight on call from 7pm until 6am, said: “I was really chuffed when Posturite’s CEO, Ian Fletcher-Price, agreed to support our charity’s work by allowing us to sell some of the company’s redundant stock on eBay. It will make a big difference to us.”

The Blood Runners organisation was formed in 1981 and its network of 100 volunteers in the South East answer more than 1,000 emergency calls each year. They operate 365 nights a year, freeing up hard-pressed NHS resources to be used elsewhere.

Peter added: “It’s vital, life-saving work and I am proud to be involved. But we always need more volunteers, riders, drivers, controllers and especially fundraisers, so if you want to find out how you can help, visit the SERV Sussex website at www.servsussex.org.uk or the main website at www.serv.org.uk