Volunteer honoured

July 25 2022

AN Armed Forces veteran from Soundwell has seen his voluntary work on a variety of charitable projects recognised with a community award.

Andrew Davies is the latest resident to be given an award for outstanding community service by the Mangotsfield Residents Association and Staple Hill Partnership.

He has been recognised for his work as a volunteer Blood Bikes rider, transporting vital supplies to hospitals in the region; for coordinating and collecting donations to the From Bristol with Love for Ukraine appeal; and for helping get PPE and other essential supplies to the NHS, emergency services and care homes during the coronavirus lockdown, when he founded South West Volunteer Riders (Community Response Volunteers).

Ex RAF police, civilian police and prison officer Andy is a professional motorbike instructor and also teaches martial art Taekwondo.

Andy Davies receives his community award from Clive Heath, with Councillor Michael Bell and residents association vice-chair Simon Budd

Andy's work for the Freewheelers Blood Bikes Emergency Voluntary Service includes organising donations of Christmas presents and Easter eggs to children in local hospitals and setting up a new cadets section for the Blood Bikes service.

Andy is interested in hearing from potential recruits aged between 12 and 18 who would help out and become part of the emergency services community.

Anyone interested in becoming a Blood Bikes cadet can call Andy on 07598 505299