A FATHER-of-two died after his motorbike was in collision with a car while helping save lives of others.

Martin Dixon was a volunteer with Bloodrun EVS (Emergency Voluntary Service) – a charity which sees bikers take blood supplies between hospitals.

The 56-year-old, from the Billingham area, was collecting blood from the University Hospital of Hartlepool to take to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a black Citroen C3 on Easington Road, Hartlepool, at around 7.05pm on Monday. He suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Citroen was uninjured.

Paying tribute to Mr Dixon, Bloodrun chairman Richie Wolstenholme said: β€œHe will be sorely missed by all at Bloodrun for his positivity, enthusiasm, good sense and professionalism, as well as for his never-ending good humour and bad jokes.”

Anyone with information can call PC Anthony Harrison from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on 101.