The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall award Cornwall Blood Bikes £25,000

Back in June we were fortunate enough to be nominated in The Masonic Charitable Foundation Awards, which were created by The United Grand Lodge of England to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry.

To mark 300 years, 300 charities were chosen to receive a share of £3 million across the UK.

Our charity was one of six to be nominated by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall with local people voting to decide their level of award ranging from £4,000 to £25,000

They were part of 178,801 people who voted across England and Wales.

The people of Cornwall truly got behind us and supported us in promoting the vote.

On the 5th September 2017 it was announced by The Masonic Charitable Foundation Awards that the Cornwall Blood Bikes charity had been awarded the highest grant of £25,000. 

Cornwall Blood Bikes received the highest out of a £58,000 pot of cash for Cornwall, with iSight Cornwall receiving £15,000, Bosom Buddies UK £4,000, Penhaligon’s Friends £4,000, Young People Cornwall £4,000 and Ellie’s Haven Cornwall, £6,000.

 

The official cheque presentation took place at Truro Cathedral on Saturday 30th September by the Provincial Grand Master Mr. Stephen Pearn from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall.

Our volunteers started to arrive on their own bikes and our seven marked paramedic/ police specification motorcycles drove in through Truro in convoy and all were parked and organised by our operations manager Stephan Mellows in front of the steps of Truro Cathedral.

Speaking at the official presentation on Saturday, Provincial Grand Master Mr Pearn, said he was delighted for the Blood Bikers team: “The donation will literally save lives and it’s great to advertise what the charity does. Cornwall’s Masonic Benevolent Fund has been supporting so many communities across Cornwall for many years. It’s a great organisation that is fun to be a part of as well as helping others. Our members come from all walks of life.”

 

The  Charity Steward for Caradon Lodge, who meet in Saltash,  Ross Fisher, has been giving blood since he was 18 and was  especially pleased with the Blood Bikes donation: “Since 1995 I have been donating platelets (these are formed in the blood and help it clot and to stop bleeding). Last week was my 250th donation. I have four times more platelets in my blood than the average man. I keep fit and well and feel very proud that I’m able to help others in times of need. The Blood Bikers are a dedicated team giving their time to keep such a vital service running.”

 

Also attending at the presentation was one of our oldest members of the Blood Bikers team, Conrad Dowding, (CORR) 80, from Launceston, who is still enjoying life on two wheels: “I joined the charity after I lost my wife, Pam to breast cancer. I couldn’t do anything to help her, which is why I joined the Blood Bikers team. It was my way of giving something back.”

 

Cornwall Blood Bikes are extremely humbled by the award granted, it was a truly iconic day for our new and emerging charity.

It is important to remember the many volunteers that were not able to be a part of the presentation due to personal or work commitments. It is also an appropriate time to thank and remember all those volunteers from past years who gave their time and dedication to CBB and helped and shape this milestone.

We are overwhelmed by the support from the people of Cornwall, and appreciate every single person that has been with us every mile of our journey.

Without our dedicated volunteers, friends and supporters our wheels simply would not be turning.

Thank you will never ever be enough.

 

Lions Club of St. Austell donate to Cornwall Blood Bikes

On 29 September, the Lions Club of St Austell held a silent auction at Porthpean Golf Club, St Austell to raise funds for their chosen charities, Cornwall Blood Bikes and Cornwall Young Carers.

A hog roast was laid on and desserts were provided by the ladies from the Lions club.

The event was very well attended and a total of £1350.00 was raised from the auction, which was equally divided between the two charities.

Brendan Hale, Dave Trudgeon and Lee Allen attended as representatives of Cornwall Blood Bikes and Lee brought along one of the fleet bikes.

There was a lot of interest in both the charity and the bike.

All three members fielded a whole host of questions, and helped to spread the word about the aims and operations of Cornwall Blood Bikes.

Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to extend their grateful thanks to Lions President Roger Dovey and all the Lions for their hard work and the splendid donation of £675.00 to the charity.

Geoff Preece Captains Day

Back in February some volunteers from Cornwall Blood Bikes headed way down West to meet Geoff Preece as he took over captaincy of Cape Cornwall Golf Club.

Geoff became Captain and adopted Cornwall Blood Bikes as his charity of the year and embarked on a year of fundraising for us.

Geoff has had a variety of fundraising events and on the 13th August, Geoff held his Captains day, this is where people from other golf clubs come to celebrate Geoff and his golf club.

Geoff was up and about early and there to meet CBB volunteers John Penlerick, Ian Butler and Jayne Penlerick.

It was a wonderful day and the normal horizontal tree weather of Cape Cornwall was non-existant.

The CBB gazebo and fleet bike was set up at the entrance to the club house which filled very quickly with guests and then a days golf awaited.

Just shortly before 1 pm the BBQ was lit and awaiting the return of Geoff’s guests, which was welcomed by them and our volunteers alike.

All at Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to express their sincere thanks to Geoff for such a great day and his enormous efforts on behalf of CBB.

Geoff was supported all day with his wife Lindy by his side and daughters to make it a very successful day.

Thank you Geoff for your hospitality, we look forward to supporting you as the year progresses.

St Dominick Slimming Club Donates

On the 7th September, Cornwall Blood Bikes were invited by Betty Behenna, and the ladies of St. Dominick Slimming Club.

These ladies meet every week and fundraise for their chosen charity, which was to be CBB.

In attendance was John Penlerick from way down west of the county and one of our newest volunteer fleet bike rider Steve Mason.

On arrival the gentleman were greeted with a very friendly welcome but also an proper Cornish afternoon tea/ banquet fit for royalty.

 

During the afternoon John gave a presentation about our charity, what we do, the mileage covered and how we provide a vital service to the communities of Cornwall.

This was well received and during the afternoons proceedings, John & Steve were presented with a cheque for the grand total of £600.00

The afternoon proved to be one of great fun including Betty not resisting a photo opportunity on one of our fleet bikes.

John and Steve would like to express their sincere thanks to Betty and all the ladies that worked so hard to not only fundraise on our charities behalf, but also to provide such a wonderful afternoon filled with warmth and great hospitality.

Mullion Monday Club support Cornwall Blood Bikes

Cornwall Blood Bikes were delighted to be invited to return to Mullion Monday Ladies Club
on the 18th of September.

One of our fleet bike volunteers Len McMurrow had previously made a presentation talk to the club and from that talk,the members had been fundraising on our behalf, they presented CBB with the outstanding amount of £1025.

Many Cornwall Blood Bikes volunteers were present to see the cheque being handed over.

Clive Addington gave a further presentation, for the benefit of those who had not previously heard from Len, and an update on the progress made by our charity.

It was wonderful to see the return of Len McMurrow for this presentation to his old West area having moved to the East of Cornwall.

Also in attendance were two newly joined members to Cornwall Bloodbikes, Tracey Snooks and Shane Bamford.

Our charity is greatly appreciative of both the generous financial support received and the hospitality shown to our members, thank you
all so much.

Father & Daughter support Cornwall Blood Bikes

In June, Amy Williams who is daughter of one of Cornwall Blood Bikes volunteer fleet bike riders Alan Moss.

Amy and her friend, Helen Willis took part in a 12 hour off road bike ride around Cardinham Woods organised by Trailmunki’s in Bodmin.

There were teams of 2 taking turns to ride the 6-mile course. Amy thought that this would be a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness for Cornwall Blood Bikes and raise money on our behave as well.

Amy set up a page on ‘Just Giving’ and was so appreciative of people’s generosity.

In total, she raised £360 for the Charity.

On behalf of the Cornwall Blood Bikes charity, we thank you for thinking of us.

Photographed are father and daughter Amy Williams and our very own Alan Moss.

Forestors Friendly Society Support Cornwall Blood Bikes

On Thursday 13th April at the Windy Ridge Restaurant, Cornwall Blood Bikes was presented with cheques equalling £1400 from the Foresters Friendly Society.

The donation was presented by Mr Alex Battershall, who was the Chairman of the Foresters Friendly Society till March 2017.

We were Alex’s charity choice for the year.

Those who have been with the Charity for a while will recognise the Foresters as they have helped the Charity with fundraising in the past at supermarkets and various other occasions.

 

The help these organisations give to us is so gratefully received and cherished by the Cornwall Blood Bikes and we couldn’t operate without them.

It is wonderful to know that organisations like the Foresters look on us in such a favourable light and see our work as important enough to support in such a wonderful way.

It takes hard graft and time to amass a donation of this size and ‘thank you’ will never be enough.

Photographed is the chairman Mr Alex Batershall, presenting the cheque to Cornwall Blood Bike volunteers Alan Moss & Jaynene White.