£18,000 Blood Bike named ‘Mark Master Mason’ was formally handed over by the President of the Mark Benevolent Fund in presence of PGMs Durham and Northumberland.
National Blood Bikes were represented by Kirsty Lawrence, Nigel Barlow Jerry Trowbridge and Graham Moor.
Blood Bikes is a charitable organisation established by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospitals and healthcare sites and laboratories
Outside normal office hours, when their internal courier service is not available, hospitals have to rely on taxis or couriers to transfer urgent medical supplies or test samples between hospitals and other sites. Blood Bike groups, across the country, seek to carry out this service free of charge, ensuring the limited resources of the NHS can be used where it makes a difference. Blood Bikes is dependent on charitable donations, solely run by volunteers, giving their own free time to run and deliver the service.
In critical situations, blood or other medical items need to be delivered urgently in order to save a patient’s life. Blood bikes, with their distinctive livery, emergency lights, and narrow profile, can quickly get through busy traffic reaching the destination sooner
Many thanks to John Watts for the piece.
The Order of Mark Master Masons is an appendant order of Freemasonry that exists in some Masonic jurisdictions, and confers the degrees of Mark Man and Mark Master.
The first record of the degree is in 1769, when Thomas Dunckerley, as Provincial Grand Superintendent, conferred the degrees of Mark Man and Mark Master Mason at a Royal Arch Chapter in Portsmouth.
More about the Degree here https://freemasonrymatters.co.uk/the-mark-degree/
Visit the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Mason here http://www.glmmm.com/default.aspx