Graham Ranshaw wins the Fred Welch Rose Bowl

On Saturday 27th April, GAM Chairman, Graham Ranshaw, was awarded the prestigious Fred Welch Rose Bowl in recognition for all his work for IAM RoadSmart.

The trophy is awarded nationally to the car member who, in the opinion of the panel of judges, has contributed most to promoting the aims and objectives of IAM RoadSmart .

Congratulations again

Last Sunday we were delighted to welcome back three of our newest and youngest members, Lizzy Olisa, Jess Harridge and Katie Stacey to the Sunday runs, who all recently passed their Advanced Driving test, aged 21, 19 and 18 respectively.

I really enjoyed the course; I learnt lots of new ways to improve my driving, but also ways to enhance the skills I already had. The GAM observers ran each session in a way that felt like I was a friend or colleague, rather than an instructor.

Lizzy Olisa

It is wonderful to know that GAM exists.  The volunteer Observers have enabled our daughter to develop her driving beyond the basic skills required to pass her driving test.  Thank you GAM – I can now relax in the passenger seat when she is driving as aged 19 she is a mature, aware and conscientious driver.

Niki Harridge

Blood runners needed

SERV S&SL are looking to recruit local car drivers for our fixed supply run each evening for our fellow SERV regions, Kent and Sussex. This is so that SERV SSL can release other resources to continue the reliable and regular service to our own hospitals. This is an ideal opportunity for those who may have considered joining us in the past but who could not commit to being on duty all through the night. The nightly exchange run will entail the following:

  • Collection of products from NHS Blood & Transplant, Tooting – this may be multiple boxes of blood, platelets and plasma.
  • Exchange at our handover point with representatives from Kent and/or Sussex.
  • Possible exchange of Medical Samples to return to NHS Blood & Transplant, Tooting (if no return run then you will head home from the handover point).

Once trained, you will be assigned (with your agreement) one night a fortnight to cover this duty (more if you wish). There is an expectation of commitment and, if you cannot make your rostered duty for any reason, as much advance notice as possible is required, together with effort to swap the shift with another volunteer.

On your duty night you will call in and be assigned tasks for the night by the duty controller. Some nights, we may not have received any requests from Kent or Sussex and you may be stood down. Other nights, you’ll take products to our handover point and then take samples back to Tooting. That’s the luck of the draw!

Please note that no expenses are paid; like the rest of our volunteers, you donate your time and fuel to a good cause and the get the pleasure of knowing that you probably saved a life or two tonight.

The handover point is a comfortable 30 minute drive from Tooting using our tested route, so your duty should not take longer than 2 hours, including travelling time to and from home, on the worst night.

If you are still interested in joining us as a committed and dedicated car driving blood runner, or you have any further questions, please get in touch with our Recruitment Secretary on 07432 221981 or recruit@servssl.org.uk

Class of 2018

On Thursday 10th January, Guildford Advanced Motorists hosted its first annual prize giving event celebrating the success of our Class of 2018.

Not only did some new Members who passed in 2018 attend, but Examiners, Observers and representatives of IAM RoadSmart also joined us for this inaugural celebration.

Well done Class of 2018!

Thanks to Steven McCormick for taking photographs.