Often better known as ‘Blood Bikers’ or ‘Blood Runners’, Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (SERV) provides a vital service to the British public by transporting human blood, samples and other medical essentials to hospitals out of hours, 365 days a year.
The service receives no government funding and is offered free to the NHS. Costs are met by donations from members of the public, charitable grants and awards from corporate sponsorship, with all riders giving their time freely to quickly and safely deliver blood, platelets and plasma for use in transfusions, as well as other items, such as samples, X-rays and donated breast milk for premature babies.
Bennetts is committed to ensuring that motorcyclists volunteering their services to SERV are not penalised when it comes to arranging their bike insurance. Specifically:
If you are an emergency rider volunteer (or are thinking of becoming one) we would ask that you do the following to ensure that your cover is unaffected:
Please note that we can only insure a bike that is privately owned and registered by the policyholder, and used occasionally for voluntary Blood Runner work. Any bikes owned by SERV and loaned to volunteers will require a different type of policy.
We also cannot guarantee acceptance in every case for all SERV volunteers, as other factors unrelated to Blood Biking may affect our ability to quote or the premium quoted (although in many cases our referral team are able to negotiate with insurers with great results).