Young Fundraiser Makes Goodison Visit

An award-winning young fundraiser who is touring Premier League football grounds to raise awareness of Blood Bike charities reached Goodison Park this week.

Over the past three years, 10-year old Caiden has travelled more than 2,500 miles and raised more than £2,500 to help the Blood Bikes charity, whose volunteers across 46 branches provide a free UK-wide motorcycle courier service transporting blood, plasma, platelets and breast milk to the NHS and air ambulance charities.

They work closely with all air ambulances and are on call 24-hours-a-day but rely on public donations to continue their life-saving service.

Caiden – who has been awarded the title of Learning Disability and Autism Leader for the valuable work that he does – has made it his mission to increase awareness of the vital efforts of Blood Bikes, while also raising much-needed funds.

A massive football fan, Caiden has decided to combine football and fundraising with a tour of stadiums across the UK, with Goodison Park his fourteenth stop.

Local branches of Blood Bikers have met Caiden at each stadium he has visited, with Caiden sharing pictures on social media at each location.

This week, Caiden met Blood Bike volunteers from the Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bank branch at Goodison Park and handed over a £200 donation.

Caiden also had his pictures taken inside and outside the stadium, enjoyed a chance to sit in the dugout, and was presented with a bag of Everton gifts by the Club.

Caiden said: "Goodison Park is a beautiful ground and it made me really happy inside. I loved visiting and it was my favourite ground in Liverpool".

Caiden’s mum, Claire, said: “To say my son is obsessed with football would be an understatement, so he wanted to combine his passion of football with raising money for the Blood Bikes charities.

“Visiting Everton today was by far the best football ground we have visited so far, and the most welcoming. The Club really made Caiden's day, and this will be a special memory he will treasure for a very long time. The lovely gifts will also take pride of place in his bedroom. The visit was a truly special occasion, one we won't forget, and we hope to meet the Blood Bikes again in the future when you move to your new ground!”

Kirk Phillips, Chairman, Merseyside and Cheshire Bloodbikes (MCBB) said: “Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes are always amazed when members of the public give monies to help our group continue to support our local NHS trusts, hospices and human milk banks. When we found out about the amazing work Caiden has been doing to support Blood Bike groups across the country, we were totally amazed and humbled! All of our members would like to congratulate and thank Caiden for all his hard work raising funds. Keep up the great work Caiden!”

Find out more about the Merseyside and Cheshire Bloodbikes and donate here.