Volunteer biker's peaks trek to support life-saving service
A MOTORBIKE instructor from Stoke Gifford is to tackle a charity challenge which will raise money for a life-saving delivery service.
Greg Homitzky, 30, who lives in Ratcliffe Drive, is originally from Hungary but has lived in Bristol for the last seven years.
He works for two different motorbike training schools in Bristol. He is also a lifeguard at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, works in the coffee shop at Thornbury Leisure Centre and earns extra money in a Thornbury Thai restaurant.
As well as his busy work schedule, he is a rider for the Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service (EVS), a delivery service to the NHS that covers Bristol, Bath and Somerset.
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Its volunteers provide a 365-days- a-year free emergency courier service to hospitals carrying blood, pathology samples, patient notes, drugs and medical equipment.
In the past year the service has also started to help the new breast milk bank at Southmead Hospital.
The blood bikes made 3,400 deliveries in 2011 and saved the hospitals around £250,000 – money that can be used to pay for much-needed operations instead of costly taxis or commercial couriers.
It operates a fleet of specially adapted BMW R1200RT and Honda ST1300 motorcycles equipped with high-visibility markings, plus blue lights and sirens for emergency use, which enable riders to save lives by delivering urgently needed items safely and promptly.
Each of the charity's three duty bikes costs £200 a week to run. On top of that is the cost of buying replacement bikes every two to three years.
So the charity needs to raise a lot of money to keep the service going.
As all the charity's staff are volunteers and every penny raised goes towards delivering their valuable lifesaving service.
Mr Homitzky is to leave his bike behind when he takes on the Three Peaks Challenge on April 15.
First he will tackle Scotland's Ben Nevis, the highest of the three peaks at 1,344 metres (4,409 ft).
He will then climb Scafell Pike in the Lake District, the highest mountain in England at 978 metres (3,209 ft).
The exhausting challenge will finally see him tackle Snowdon in Wales, at an altitude of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level. Mr Homitzky said: "I want to raise money for the Freewheelers so that we can save lives now and in the future. I am going to complete the Three Peaks Challenge on my own and hope it will raise some funds for this much-needed service."
To sponsor Greg, go to www.justgiving.com/threepeaksgreg