Cornwall Blood Bikes epic Charity Gala Evening

Someone once said “Time flies over us, and leaves it’s shadow behind”

On Friday 6thApril 2018 Cornwall Blood Bikes played host to a spectacular fundraising gala evening at The Alverton Hotel, Truro.


As the guests arrived their first image was of on duty advanced fleet bike riders Paul Thomas, and Burt Reynolds on standby location outside the Alverton ready to take a call for the evening before being welcomed by CBB charities hosts Ian Butler Fundraising Manager and Jayne Penlerick CBB PR Media Liaison.

Among the guests present for the evening were representatives from NHS partners across Cornwall, Cornwall Hospice Care, their colleagues from their fellow blood bike group Freewheelers EVS who they liaise closely with to courier urgent time critical sample to specialist laboratories at Filton, Bristol.

Local Cornish businesses Snazzy Balloons, Say It With Lights,  DJ In Cornwall and the events team from The Alverton Hotel along with Ian and Jayne had worked tirelessly throughout the day to create a stunning background and atmosphere.

Guests were treated to a truly memorable evening of entertainment from some of the best in the west such as the a capella choir group Oll an Gwella with their fabulous Cornish sounds, people were totally captivated by the magic of Lewis Belcher, whilst enjoying a three course dinner you can enjoy and indulge on Roger Miners event pianist on the baby grand piano. After dinner the grand charity auction took place in the capable hands of Rob North from local Cornish Business Edward Buckland Ltd.

The evening raised a great total of £2,995.00

Jayne Penlerick quoted “CBB were truly honoured to welcome all our guests to the evening, and the support was truly humbling”

“We would like to send a big heartfelt thank you to anyone that supported us in any single way, as we could not have done it without you”

Also present were very special guests in the form of one unique organisation, The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall

Freemasonry is the 2nd largest charity supporting organisation in the United Kingdom after the national lottery.

In 2017 Freemasonry celebrated the iconic 300th birthday since the formation of The United Grand Lodge of England.

Cornwall Blood Bikes were nominated alongside five other deserving Cornish charities and the public of Cornwall got behind us for every mile of our journey.

It was announced in September 2017 that CBB had been awarded the highest grant of £25,000.

With this money for the first time in the charities history we have been able to purchase our very first brand new BMW 1200 RT(p)

A very long way away from the charities humble beginnings that CBB chairman James Forder, and vice chairman Stephan Mellows along with our stalwart founder volunteers were a part of.

That Friday evening was a true celebration of working relationships, and also for two completely separate but very unique organisations that have come together to unite as one and achieved the perfect result.

The charities brand new bike was unveiled and named by The Provincial Grand Master for The Province of Cornwall, Mr Stephen Pearn and the keys handed over to CBB Chairman James Forder in spectacular style under a cloud of exploding balloons, with both representatives from CBB and The Province of Cornwall.

“The Spirit of Cornwall” has been welcomed into our fleet and went operational the very next day to serve the people and communities of Cornwall.

Without the help from The Province of Cornwall none of this would have been possible and it has been a true honour and pleasure to work alongside each other over the last six months.

The biggest heartfelt thank you to The Province, and the public of Cornwall for being beside us for every mile of our journey”.

The photograph features L-R

CBB fleet bike rider Martijn Huddlestone, CBB fleet bike rider Andrew Bellamy, CBB PR Media Liasion Jayne Penlerick, CBB Fleet Manager John Penlerick, CBB Vice Chairman Stephan Mellows, CBB Chairman James Forder, CBB Membership Secretary Brendan Hale, CBB fleet bike rider Tim Cookman,  The Provinicial Grand Master Mr Stephen Pearn, The Provincial Grand Charity Steward MR Mike Pritchard, Deputy Provincial Grand Master Mr. Peter Roberts, CBB Fleet bike rider Ian Prout.






Cornwall Blood Bikes continue to give talks throughout Cornwall

Cornwall Blood Bikes and our volunteers love spreading the awareness of what we do as a charity and how we provide our service to our NHS partners across Cornwall, delivering and collecting from hospitals and hospices across the Southwest.
Because we operate out of hours the work can go largely unnoticed and when we get the chance to explain our workings the general public seem to be fascinated by our organisation and the fact that it is all for free and run entirely by volunteers who really do go the extra mile.
On March the 28th one of our volunteer advanced fleet bike riders Clive Addington went along to Four Lanes Wednesday Club to give a presentation about our charity.
As always he was made very welcome and treated with great hospitality.
The members seemed very interested in our role and numerous took the opportunity to sit on one of the fleet bikes for a photo opportunity.
The club had a collection at the end and also donated the proceeds from the fee charged for the photos.
On behalf of the charity we would like to offer our warm thanks to the group.
Clive was a bit worried about being joint arbiter of the Easter bonnet competition, but no harm seemed to be done!

The Oarsome Foursome’s incredible challenge for CBB

Back in July 2017 CBB’s fundraising manager Ian Butler and CBB PR Media Liaison Jayne Penlerick headed way down West for a special meeting and met with Bird Watts, and Mo O’Brien (Mother & Daughter). To say Ian and Jayne were astounded by what they heard was an understatement.

Bird & Mo are part of a team along with Linda Whittaker, & Claire Allison.
These four Cornish ladies “The Oarsome Foursome” who are hoping to take part in the Talisker Whisky Altalntic Challenge raising money and awareness for Cornwall Blood Bikes.

This is a 3,000 mile row in a small compact ocean rowing boat which will be their “home” for 3 months while at sea.
They leave from La Gomera in December 2019 and finish in Antigua hopefully in March 2020.

Bird told us “ Although there were and are many deserving causes, we really wanted to do something that would specifically benefit our own County. We heard of Cornwall Blood Bikes through word of mouth, we hadn’t heard of them before and it seem their work can go largely unnoticed by many of the general public.
Our aim is to raise money and awareness to support this wonderful charity and to enable them to continue their fabulous work, any one of our family or friends that could need them for their help”
And so their exciting adventure begins……

These ladies so far have put in a tremendous effort and are undergoing intense physical training as well as the wonderful energy that they have thrown into their fundraising efforts. So far they have secured some sponsorship, held cake stalls, grand raffles, and you will see them at supermarkets near to you very soon again this Summer.

They have Just Giving Pages where you can help fund their vital equipment needed to take on this challenge.

or where you can donate to help the fabulous charities including ours that they are supporting.

Please take a look a look at the Oarsome Foursomewebsite, Facebook & Instagram feeds to keep up to date with all their news, they need all our support as they take on this incredible challenge.

Ladies, from all at CBB you truly are awesome!