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 infamous medical women…
Cecilie – 2017 Yamaha FJR1300
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, she began her nursing career at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, in 1922. Three years later she relocated to Aldershot for midwifery training. During Christmas 1939, she found herself in Northern France as Matron of No 3 Casualty Clearing Station.
Following World War II she served in India as Principal Matron, the last QAIMNS sister to serve there. In 1950 was served in Singapore as Matron for the QARANC. As Director of Army Nursing Services, she represented the Corps on many great occasions, but one of her proudest moments was attending a dinner offered by the Army to the Queen after her accession to the throne in 1952.
Grace – 2016 Yamaha FJR1300
Grace McDougall – (1887–1963) was Commandant of British First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) during WW1 firstly for the Belgian (the British having refused their offer of help) and the French Armies. In January 1916 they became the first women to drive officially for the British Army. It was all-women volunteer Corps, founded in 1907 as a mounted paramedical unit, the “missing link” between the field hospital and the front line
Jane – 2016 Yamaha FJR1300
Jane Haining (1897–1944) was a Church of Scotland missionary. She worked in Budapest, where she was arrested by the Nazis in 1944. She died in the concentration camp at Auschwitz later that year. Haining is the only Scot to be officially honoured for giving her life to help Jews in the Holocaust.
Ruby – 2016 Yamaha FJR1300
Ruby Bradley – (1907–2002) was Chief Nurse for the Eighth Army and one of the most decorated women in U.S. military history, she served in the Korean War as Chief Nurse for the 171st Evacuation Hospital. In November 1950, during the Chinese counter-offensive, she refused to leave until she had loaded the sick and wounded onto a plane in Pyongyang while surrounded by 100,000 advancing soldiers.
Rosalind – 2016 Yamaha FJR1300
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 (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), viruses, coal, and graphite. Although her works on coal and viruses were appreciated in her lifetime, her contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA were largely recognised posthumously.
Elizabeth – 2016 Yamaha FJR1300
Elizabeth Webber Harris – (1834-1917) risked her life to nurse soldiers hit by a deadly cholera outbreak back to health.
As the only woman serving alongside the Bengal Fusiliers in Peshawar, she saved more lives with her ‘tender consolations’ than a surgeon did with his medicines.
Her bravery and selfless devotion earned her an honorary Victoria Cross – making her the only woman to ever be ‘awarded’ the highest military honour in Britain
Edith – 2010 Honda 700 Deauville
Funded by DHL Bicester
Edith Cavell (1865-) was a British nurse celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without distinction and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium.
Emily – 2008 Honda 700 Deauville
Emily Blackwell – (1826-1910) was the second woman to earn a medical degree at what is now Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio). She was also the third openly identified woman to earn a medical degree in the United States
Sophia – 2012 Honda ST1300 Pan European
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, in London and in Edinburgh, where she also started a women’s hospital.
Florence – Publicity Mini Bike
Florance Nightingale (1820-1910) was a celebrated British social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.
She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers
She was known as “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night.
Florence was donated to us after she had been taken off some naughty grown-ups for riding her where they shouldn’t have. So we gave her a new warm lovely home, a new coat of paint plus lights and sirens like her big sisters have.
Florence now attends publicity events and is very popular with the children (and some adults) who like to sit on her and make lots of noise with her siren.
Minnie – Publicity Mini Bike
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
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. She later opened Florence House – a convalescent home at the Baschurch Children’s hospital attached to the Salop Infirmary in Shrewsbury, for crippled children; She introduced an Operating Theatre and the diagnostic use of X-rays which was approved as a training school by the Chartered Society of Massage in 1910. During World War I, Florence House was also used to treat wounded soldiers.
Hunt was awarded the Royal Red Cross in 1918 for her contribution during the war
She was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the Brittish Empire (DBE) in 1926
Virginia – 2006 Land Rover Discovery 3
Virginia Avenel Henderson – (1897 – 1996) was an influential nurse, researcher, theorist and author. She is famous for a definition of nursing: “The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that she would perform unaided if she had the necessary strength, will or knowledge”.
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”.
Whilst we are Motorcycle service – when there is a large consisignment, poor weather conditions (when it would be dangerous to use a motorcycle) or the temperature is outside the permited range to transport Blood Products via motorcycle, our four wheeled vehicles come into play
Virginia is also used tow our mobile exhibition unit