A local mum is aiming to hit top gear when she becomes the area’s first female Blood Biker.
Angela Common has signed up to become a volunteer on the soon-to-be-launched local branch of the blood courier service, in a bid to not only ressurect her love of biking, but also as a thanks to the medics who saved her life.
The adopted Teri, who hails from Sunderland, is set to join Hawick hosiery worker Steven Quintus and his fledgling Blood Bikes for the Borders service, and she says she can’t wait to help make a difference.
Mrs Common, a social worker with Scottish Borders Council, said: “I’ve always liked bikes but hadn’t had one for years, so last year I decided to do a course at the Insitute of Advanced Motorists where I met Steven and found out about Blood Bikes, and it all went from there.”
But the 43-year old also has an even more important reason for volunteering for the life-saving service, after experiencing her own rush to hospital after picking up a virus on a round-the-world trip.
The mum-of-two explained: “I had to come back early from my travels because I wasn’t well and after a 999 call I ended up in infectious diseases in Newcastle. So that’s a good reason for getting involved, it’s my way of saying thank you.”
The kind-hearted mum will have use of the charity’s 1150cc Honda motorbike which is to be situated in Hawick and shared with fellow blood biker Mr Quintus, whose project to provide the local courier service is due to be launched in the New Year.
Blood Bikes have existed in Britain since 1969, with groups of motorcyclists volunteering to deliver urgently-needed blood and supplies to hospitals between 7pm and 6am, seven days a week, and at weekends.
Angela added: “There are branches of the charity in Edinburgh and Dumfries, but we are the first of its kind in the Borders, so it is exciting to be involved and I’m really looking forward to it.”