Waitrose in Swaffham has donated £235 to Norfolk blood bikes after the charity was chosen as one of three to take part in its monthly community matters scheme.

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Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers helps save lives and save the NHS money by ferrying blood between hospitals for free, and received the donation after customers allocated it the most green tokens used to select the recipient.

Mid-Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss recently met volunteers during a chance encounter, and sat on Barbara B, a BMW 1200RT paid for by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital League of Friends.

Ms Truss said: “This is a fantastic scheme run solely by volunteers for the benefit of the local community. Provision of such an essential service which quite literally could save lives is all credit to those volunteering.

“The bikes have first-class equipment able to transport a variety of emergency supplies and I feel very fortunate to have been able to meet one of the volunteer riders and learn more about this wonderful charity.”

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