A CLEVELAND charity is going the extra mile to support the NHS through the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

Bloodrun EVS was founded ten years ago by volunteers who work overnight to deliver samples for pathology testing by motorbike. 

But thanks to a £2,500 grant from County Durham Community Foundation, the charity will now be helping take patients safely home once they have been discharged. 

Chair Anthony Finegan said: “This is a service we have wanted to offer for some time, and now the circumstances have made it pressing. “We all volunteer for the right reasons and our charitable objective is to save the NHS money, which may now go towards another ventilator or PPE. The health service often have to rely on taxis to get people home but with the current situation it is just not financially viable to fit each taxi out with the necessary equipment to make it safe for the passenger and driver.” 

Bloodrun EVS is possible thanks to 50 volunteers and a pool of four cars and four bikes. Volunteers are also offering to use their own cars due to demand.