Bikers raise £1700 for Sandpiper Trust

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Motorcyclists in the North-east have dug deep and donated over £1700 to a local charity.

Over the last twelve months Road Safety Grampian along with their partner agencies have raised the awareness among motorcyclists of their vulnerability whilst riding on North-east roads.

Between 2006 and 2010, 34 motorcyclists died and 274 were left with serious injuries as a result of collisions in the area.

To highlight the problem, as part of Operation Zenith, Road Safety Grampian along with their partner agencies have held several motorcycle events such as ‘Safer September’ and the ‘TT Film Night’.

At these events raffle tickets were sold in aid of the Sandpiper Trust, a charity that provides emergency medical response bags to doctors and nurses in the more rural areas of Grampian.

These bags save lives as it can be a period of time before an ambulance can get to the crash scene. Medical staff residing in these areas can respond along with the bags much quicker and provide medical intervention within the very important ‘Golden Hour.’

Constable Neil Robertson from Road Safety Grampian said: “We are delighted that motorcyclists have supported the charity and we are also very grateful to the local businesses and organisations for providing prizes for these raffles.

“So far this year motorcycle collisions are significantly lower than last year and we will strive to keep this reduction continuing over the coming years with the help of our motorcycle community.

“We urge motorcyclists to gain further riding skills and participate in advanced training such as the Bikesafe courses, which will again run during 2012.”

Further information on Operation Zenith can be found on the Grampian Police website WWW.grampianpolice.org/Zenith.