SERV OBN utitilise a fleet of dedicated response vehicles to be able to provide our potentially life saving service; Each of our fleet vehicles carries the names of women known for their contributions to medicine. Whilst we are a Motorcycle service – when there is a large consignment, poor weather conditions (when it would be dangerous to use a motorcycle) or the temperature is outside the permitted range to transport Blood Products via motorcycle, our four wheeled vehicles come into play.
Lets meet the Fleet
Sheila – Funded by the Wolverton and Stony Stratford Rotary Club. Sheila Helena Elizabeth Kitzinger MBE was a British natural childbirth activist and author on childbirth and pregnancy.
Cecilie – Funded by St Wildred & Graham Milton Lodges & Province of Northants & Hunts Freemasons. Brigadier Dame Cecilie Monica Golding DBE – (1902-1997) was a British Army nurse, who rose to Colonel Commandant, Matron-in-Chief and Director of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.
Grace – Grace McDougall – (1887–1963) was Commandant of British First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) during WW1.
Jane – Jane Haining (1897–1944) was a Church of Scotland missionary. She worked in Budapest.
Ruby – Ruby Bradley – (1907–2002) was Chief Nurse for the Eighth Army and one of the most decorated women in the U.S.
Rosalind– Sponsored by Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Rosalind Franklin – (1920-1958) was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA.
Elizabeth – Elizabeth Webber Harris – (1834-1917) risked her life to nurse soldiers hit by a deadly cholera outbreak back to health.
Dorothy – On loan from Groupe Renault UK.
Dorothy Hodgkin OM FRS HonFRSC 1910-1994 was a British Chemist who advanced the technique of X-ray crystallography, a method used to determine the three dimensional structures of crystals.
Agnes – Dame Agnes Hunt (1866-1948) was a British Nurse, in 1887, she began training as a “lady pupil” nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Rhyl, North Wales. Hunt was awarded the Royal Red Cross in 1918 for her contribution during the war
Clara – Funded by The Mark Master Masons Clarissa “Clara” Harlowe Barton was a pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross.
Mary – Funded by The Mark Master Masons. Mary Jane Seacole OM was a British-Jamaican business woman and nurse who set up the “British Hotel” behind the lines during the Crimean War.
Maudie Clowes – Maudie signed up as a junior nurse working in Southampton in the First World War where she later became a midwife and finally a Chiropodist. She was also one of our member’s grandmother.
Sophia – Sophia Jex Blake – (1840-1912) was one of the first female doctors in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, a leading campaigner for medical education for women and was involved in founding two medical schools for women.
Florence – Florance Nightingale (1820-1910) was a celebrated British social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.
Minnie – Minnie Mouse (1928-present) is a funny animal cartoon character created by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney.
Mini (our second Mini Moto) was donated to us as an unwanted Ducati Sports Bike, We gave her a new coat of paint, some pretty red and yellow battenburg, logos and a set of flashing blue lights and sirens and attends events and entertains children and adults just like her sister Florence
Florence & Minnie are very important members of our fleet, they may not carry blood like her big sisters do but have helped us raise lots of money which goes towards running the big blood bikes
Land Rover Discovery
Virginia – Virginia Avenel Henderson – (1897 – 1996) was an influential nurse, researcher, theorist and author.
She is known as “the first lady of nursing” and has been called, “arguably the most famous nurse of the 20th century” and “the quintessential nurse of the twentieth century”.
Virginia is also used tow our mobile exhibition unit