A SERVICE that delivers blood to hospitals across Hampshire has been boosted by a £2,000 donation from Amazon’s head office.

The Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (SERV) supports local hospitals by delivering blood products, urgent samples, and medication from pharmacies.

SERV Wessex is a one hundred percent volunteer service, running solely on charitable donations and operates 24/7, 365 days a year.

Tim Bennett, of the charity, said: "Thank you to the Amazon team for this donation and for recognising all of our amazing volunteers and what they do."

The charity was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in June 2021, which is the MBE for charities.

Donations will be put towards keeping SERV Wessex’s fleet of vehicles fully maintained and safe.

Beth Knight, Amazon in the Community Europe Lead, said: “The volunteers at SERV Wessex provide vital support to our communities and it’s great to lend a helping hand to their important work with this donation.”

SERV Wessex received the donation as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities around its operation locations across the UK.

Throughout the pandemic Amazon has provided disadvantaged students with online STEM courses and supported virtual classrooms with no-cost resources from AWS and Amazon Future Engineer.

The company has also teamed up with charity partner Magic Breakfast to deliver more than five million healthy breakfasts to disadvantaged families around the UK.