Speak Up

This page is to allow you to speak up anonymously about North West Blood Bikes.

There was an anonymous request for feedback in the charity some time ago and there was a lot of concerns expressed anonymously that were brought to the attention of the committee.  I am led to believe that although you were asked for your concerns and opinions, very little was done to address any concerns raised. In fact, I am aware that the committee literally dismissed the concerns of most members who responded. ‘Who are you to question us‘ attitude.

This page gives you an option to raise any concerns publicly.  Use the comment section at the bottom of this page.

I recommend you use a false name and false email address unless you want to be known.  What you type will be show.  If you want a reply from anyone specific, just ask in the comment.

My only rule on this is that all comments relate to the North West Blood Bike Charity.

The Committee or anyone with authority to respond to any concerns can do so via the same method, i.e. by responding to the concern on the page or by email directly to me or the website contact page.

 

8 Comments

  1. Why are the committee or trustees not responding to any of the allegations on this website? I have been a rider for a couple of years and suspected that the top layer of this is a closed group but never realised half of what appears to be going on. Speak up committee, I think it is time a statement was published.

  2. As a current member, the more I read about what is going on makes me wonder what else is being hidden by the people we trust to look after the day to day running of the group.
    3 people have spoken out about how they have been treated, but I don’t think these will be isolated incidents. The only response from the group is that they cannot comment because of an on going legal case. From the evidence that has been published, I think the legal case is against the group. How much is this legal case going to cost the group, surely the money could be spent better elsewhere rather than trying to defend what looks like an open and shut case.

    As it stands now I am remaining as a member to see what pans out and hopefully this mess can be sorted before it destroys the group. For the time being though I won’t be taking part in any charitable activities and that includes being on the rota. Maybe the trustees could fill the gap left, make a change for them to actually do something productive in their area.

    Good luck to the person trying to get this issue eradicated, at least there is someone out there trying to protect the group and it’s members, which it appears the committee and trustees aren’t bothered about.

    • At the last count there were 11 people removed from the charity with no valid reason given in the last couple if months.
      The others may speak up and make public what has happened to them.
      The committee are bullying the members and if anyone speaks out they will likely face the same fate as the 11 who have already gone. They are using fear to run the charity.

  3. I have always found the people at our gala days really nice and I’m shocked to see what they have to put up with. The kids always sit on the bikes and give a small donation. Now I know that my money may be going to peoples business rather than the charity, I won’t bother in the future. As a Blackpool fan I know about the corruption at the top and I’ll use the same hashtag for blood bikes #NAPM

  4. I was removed from the rota some months ago. I didn’t agree with something that was emailed out and promptly removed from all access.

    In the time that I had ridden for the charity I helped setup two fundraising events these two events went largely unnoticed. Whereas others who setup lesser attended fundraisers were paraded as heroes, these heroes were part of the self back patting brigade known as the inner Clique

  5. For some time now I have been concerned about the committee using the charity bikes as their own personal ‘garage’. There have been several instances where a personal bike has suddenly become a charity bike and vice versa and yet there has been no declaration, communication or notification that this has happened. I am not saying there has been any preferential terms,etc,but I would think that it’s high time someone independent looked at te books and these personal deals

  6. Over the last few days I’ve had a few messages from people who have seen this site. No I am not the person behind it, and no I do not have any control over it’s content, and no I do not hide behind anonymous messages, I have nothing to hide but it is obvious that some people do.
    What has amazed me is a couple of members have said they are not bothered about the accusations and that the evidence is made up. If it is then why are the committee and trustees not responding and asking for the “fake” evidence to be removed?
    Others have said that if the committee have removed so many people from the charity, then they must have their reasons and evidence to back up what they have done. Come on committee, here is a challenge, contact those you have removed and produce evidence of them bringing the charity into disrepute or at least give them something more than the reason of they have voiced their opinions. Are members not allowed opinions? Don’t answer that as I was once told my opinion was wrong. Someones understanding of something may be wrong, but their opinions can’t be.
    So onto questions I would like to ask of the committee and trustees, just in case they want to answer.
    Why did Scott Miller say in an email that all complaints were now to be investigated by an external person, and yet a couple of days later said on tape that he was investigating complaints that had been made. Which one is it Scott, external or are you investigating? Any update on the complaints that you said you were investigating. Just in case you need a reminder, here is a list of irregularities you are looking into.
    Committee member making inappropriate comments at area meeting
    Area manager by own admission speeding & using B&2 without appropriate training
    Area manager authorising riders to falsify dispatch records
    Committee member sharing private emails without knowledge
    Committee member ignoring breaches of the charities constitution
    Committee member over ruling manager to reinstate a member for own benefit and links to freemasonry
    Committee member failing to inform all the committee members of safety issues
    Committee member failing to acknowledge he is answerable to the membership
    Committee member failing to report bike damage to committee
    Committee member sharing the content of committee emails outside of the committee
    The charity were made aware of these complaints on 16th July, so there has been plenty of time for a response to be sent to the outcome of any investigations, or at least acknowledgement that investigations are on going and the member has been suspended and all access to charity documents removed while the investigations take place. You set the precedence on this at the start of July, so no double standards otherwise it may look like funny handshake favouritism.

    Why has the chairman of the charity not sent a letter of apology to the member who had made complaint against him? This was promised by the Vice Chairman who investigated the complaint. An apology would be an admission of guilt, and the admission of guilt would prove that the charity was bought into disrepute and could mean instant removal from the charity.

    Where is the defibrillator that was donated to the charity by the organisation in Bolton? This was presented to former the former Vice Chairman before left the trustees and committee after starting a business that offered the paid equivalent to what the charity does. The same person also saved a life using a defibrillator recently, well done for that, but personal property or the charities property?

    Everyone is allowed to claim for out of pocket expenses while a member of the charity, but what out of pocket expenses does a person who types minutes from tape recordings incur to justify being paid £300 per year. Like everyone else they give their time for free so can’t be payment for time unless all members can claim for their time. They don’t print the minutes when they are done so can’t be a stationary cost. If the cost is to cover fuel for collecting the tape (although it could be sent electronically) then this would be 30p per mile for car use, so must travel around 40 miles round trip to collect the file and then the same to take the recorder back. Seems like there could be something a little bit odd about this payment.

    I’m more than happy to discuss things written with anyone who wants to challenge them, but please if you do want to challenge anything I have written, back it up with something rather than just an opinion. We will all have different opinions. If you are ringing, drop a text first as I no longer have any members contact details so won’t have a clue who you are.
    Although I am no longer a member, I still want to see the charity providing the same great service in the future. Some people will confirm that I said 6 months ago that the way things are going, the charity will be lucky to see the year out. Changes need to be made to secure the future. What is worrying is that committee members who are starting to make moves to lead the charity next May could have hidden agendas. Yes they may have secured thousands in funding this year, but does that make them leadership material! I know there are plenty of decent members out there who would be capable of forming a committee and making sure the charity continues to grows. These are people who don’t want self acclamation and don’t only appear whenever a camera is pointed in their direction. There may be 7 people voted in (or in most cases in position because no one contested them) but they need to realise that the people who require acknowledgement are those who are on the rota in all weathers, allow them to get the credit and receive awards. Just because someone is on the committee shouldn’t give them the automatic right to attend all the glitz and clamour events the charity are invited to. Without the ones who are classed as “only” riders, controllers, fundraisers, there wouldn’t be camera opportunities.

    Right I’m off my soapbox now, some will refer to this as a normal length mail for me.
    Alls I will ask is that the members of the charity stand up and be counted. Voice your opinions and concerns and make the committee listen before they destroy things completely. I know it’s difficult as if you don’t agree with the committee views you risk being thrown out, but is this the kind of charity you want in the future? Afraid to speak out for fear of repercussions?

  7. Today I hear tales of several committee members leading a remembrance procession on liveried bikes and using blue lights. Why are they using blue lights, this is not an emergency? They have no power to do this but yet again, making up their own rules is perfectly normal for them. They also used to be a rule that prevented the use of liveried bikes for leading processions. I really hope the authorities find out about the blue light use and look into it.

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