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Highland and Island Blood Bikes have named their new van after Asda community champion Helen Robertson

By Imogen James

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Ms Robertson, a former nurse, has been Asda’s Inverness community champion for two years.

She said: “It was a very, very emotional day and I’m really proud, but I’m just doing my job. I wasn’t expecting anything like this. I just helped them out because they were so desperate for money and it was a case of ‘we’ve got to do something for them’.

“Since I started as a community champion I’ve built up such a relationship with small local charities like this. I love my job and I love helping charities. I’ve helped charities all my life. My mum was a great charity worker, so it’s in the blood you can say!”

The blood bikes charity, established in 2019, helps transport supplies, blood, and Covid-19 samples, free of charge for the NHS.

The charity managed to purchase a van recently which will be useful in the winter months as the weather deteriorates. They decided to name it after Ms Robertson because of all the hard work she has put into raising money for the charity.

Chris Grant, from the blood bikes, said they were indebted to Asda and Ms Robertson in particular for all their support with fundraising events.

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