Bikers chip in for emergency services

Pictured, from left: Keith Jensen (Motorcycle Paramedic) and Constable Neil Robertson (of Road Safety Grampian)
Pictured, from left: Keith Jensen (Motorcycle Paramedic) and Constable Neil Robertson (of Road Safety Grampian)

north-east bikers who attended a motorcycle convention in Alford have donated hundreds of pounds to a charity that supports the emergency services.

Generous motorcyclists from around the North-east rallied together at the Grampian Motorcycle Convention which was held in Alford in September and contributed £440 to be donated to the charity, Grampian Immediate Care Scheme (GICS).

GICS are a voluntary group of health professionals including doctors, nurses, and first aiders, who attend to patients with life threatening illnesses or injuries when called upon by the Scottish Ambulance Service to assist.

Constable Neil Robertson from Road Safety Grampian, who collected the money from bikers at the Grampian Motorcycle Convention, handed over the cheque to Keith Jensen, Motorcycle Paramedic, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Friday.

Dr Mark Bloch, a GICS volunteer and an NHS Grampian Consultant Anaesthetist, applauded the donation: “The teamwork shown by those in GICS in the North-east, in what are often very difficult situations, is exceptional and often means the difference between life or death for the casualties involved, particularly during road crashes.”

”This donation is most welcome and will be used to continue running educational evenings for our GICS volunteers in Grampian. Some 80 health professionals attend these evenings in their own time to train in topics ranging from initial care for critically ill or injured patients, to managing the scene of a major incident.”

Road Safety Grampian attended the Motorcycle Convention at Alford in September as part of Operation Zenith, a five year initiative to reduce the number of motorcyclists involved in collisions in the Grampian area.

Constable Neil Robertson said, “A serious collision can be devastating for all involved, including the families, friends and the wider local community.”