SERV (Kent) Blood Bike’s new headquarters was officially opened on Monday 16 March 2015 by four times and current British Superbike Champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne on behalf of John Surtees OBE and The Henry Surtees Foundation. SERV is part of a national network of similar groups throughout the country under the umbrella of The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB).
Shane Byrne, who lives in Kent, said: “I was absolutely honoured to be asked to represent John Surtees OBE and The Henry Surtees Foundation to officially open the SERV (Kent) Headquarters on his behalf. Charities like the Blood Bikes and Air Ambulances do an incredible job. I hope that I will never need their services, but it's a charity that resonates with me and fellow bikers. I've chased time at race tracks in pursuit of podiums, but for the likes of the Air Ambulances and Blood Bike groups, every second can literally be the matter of life or death. These new headquarters are easily accessible will enable them to continue their vital lifesaving work across the county'.
The Henry Surtees Foundation, which was founded after John Surtees’ son, Henry, was killed in a racing accident in 2009, has been long term supporter of SERV (Kent) and most notably helped fund the recent project which enabled the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and SERV(Kent) to be able to facilitate the carrying of 'Blood on Board' and the means to transfuse at the scene of major incidents. This initiative to date has been used well over hundred times on many of the most seriously and critically injured patients that the Air Ambulance attends.
Last month former motorcycle racer and current commentator James Whitham officially handed over two Vauxhall Mokka 1.7CDTi 4x4 SUVs to be used by the two Blood Bike groups providing all-weather transport for the ferrying of the blood between hospital and aircraft. Both vehicles were once again supported and funded by The Henry Surtees Foundation. It is hoped that the initiative will continue to roll out across the country.