Special delivery sees Michael make trip from Halifax to London

A volunteer from the Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes group embarked on a remarkable ride from Halifax to London to deliver an urgent sample of blood.

Thursday, 22nd June 2017, 1:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:32 am

Michael Lobban, from Bradford, answered the call to take a patient’s blood sample from Calderdale Royal Hospital into central London for vital specialist testing.

Speaking shortly after the 400-mile round trip, Michael said: “Ordinarily the Volunteer Blood Bike Service would relay their consignment between different Blood Bike groups across the country – but there simply wasn’t time.

“This was very urgent and so I delivered it personally, directly to University College Hospital on Euston Road.”

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Michael regularly travels to the capital with his work and so was far from daunted at the prospect.

“I set off of at 8pm, arriving around midnight on Saturday. I delivered the sample, had a decent cup of coffee, and headed for home, arriving after 4am.”

After a period of rest Michael then continued to be on duty for the rest of the weekend.

“I do it because I simply enjoy it. It’s a rewarding way to give back to the community,” he said.