In 2018, the Calne Lions announced their intention to raise funds to buy and donate a new bike to Freewheelers Blood Bikes.
At last year's Bike Meet , Phil Viles of Calne Lions visited The Freewheelers stand and learned they were a charity run by volunteers. They fill the gap when the NHS blood bikes do not provide a service. Evenings and weekends they deliver blood plasma, breast milk, prescriptions, x-rays and samples , 365 days a year. The service is free of charge and is funded entirely by public donation and sponsorship.
Calne Lions decided to raise a funds to buy a new bike for the charity. Work began in earnest with the Santa Sleigh visits across town, all donations from this were put toward the fund, this was followed by a fundraising ball, an idea put forward by fellow Lion, Les Stiff. With only three months to plan the event, the Lions managed to raise an incredible £4,800 on the night. A successful Calne Lions Duck Race took over the town in Calne and the target was met.
On August 6th 2019 the bike arrived with the club.
In recognition of the businesses and people of Calne who supported this fantastic cause, a sticker acknowledging their generosity features alongside the Calne Lions emblem on the bike.
Calne Lions commented: 'President Phil Viles, immediate Past President Lion Martin Bright and all the members of Calne Lions, can’t thank the people of Calne enough for their generosity. We would also like to say a huge thank you to the volunteers who collected with us in December, and the people and businesses who gave to this project. Well done Calne. We did it.'
Cllr Robert Merrick, Calne Town Mayor, who attended the cheque presentation, said, “To attend the meeting this evening just shows how proud the Lions need to be. They have raised over £16,000 to fund this blood bike which is amazing. The blood bike will help so many people in the years to come. The Lions need to be commended for this amazing achievement.”
Freewheelers Matt Goodall said, “The gift of a new bike is just amazing. It gives us a brand new bike to help us continue to provide a regular reliable service and keep more of our bikes out on the road.”