An Exmouth business is throwing its support behind a Devon charity which is facing a funding crisis during the busy festive season.

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The Devon Freewheelers transport vital blood and organs across the county on their bikes, to doctors and medics treating critically ill patients.

The charity says that without its help, patients would die, but it receives no official funding and is now facing a dire cash shortage.

Charity founder Daniel Lavery said: “The problem we face is that most people assume we are part of the NHS and that the work we do is paid for. It’s not. We get no funding at all other than donations. To keep our service going, we need to raise £95,000 a year to keep the bikes on the road. We currently have just £600 and so our volunteers are having to maintain their own bikes and even pay for their own petrol to drive blood and organs to hospitals across the county. We currently receive about 16 SOS calls per day and that figure will rise steeply over the busy Christmas and New Year period.”

The charity is being supported in its appeal by Exmouth recruitment business Cross-Deck, which specialises in finding jobs for those leaving the armed forces. Director Aloma Watson said: “As a local business, it is important to support great causes like the Devon Freewheelers. We will be contacting thousands of our members on our website to ask if they can help. Every single person may one day be in need of a blood bike.”

To support the appeal visit www.devonfreewheelers.org.uk

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