A special working relationship between CHC & CBB

On Wednesday 21st March CBB had a very special guest at the bi-monthly meeting of all volunteers at Truro College.

Tamsin Thomas Head of PR & Communications very kindly gave a full presentation of Cornwall Hospice Care and the work that it carries out at both their hospices at Mount Edgecumbe, St Austell and St. Julia’s Hayle.

Back in September 2017 our CBB PR Media Liaison Jayne Penlerick and Fundraising Manager Ian Butler visited Mount Edgecumbe hospice and met with Tamsin and the Head of Care, Gemma Ayling to see if Cornwall Blood Bikes could assist the hospice in anyway.  As part of the visit they were given a behind the scenes tour of this very special place and were totally inspired by the light, love and support the staff give to patients, their friends and family.

Tamsin was welcomed by her opposite number Jayne to the meeting and gave a full in depth presentation into the work of Cornwall Hospice Care, which was a fabulous insight for CBB volunteers who merely see a reception desk when picking up or dropping off vital packages.

Tamsin described the work that they do in the fact they are a 24/7 charity that provides specialist care for people over the age of 18 with terminal illnesses. They support patients and their families at their two hospices, in the acute hospital, in care homes and in the community, and strive to challenge perceptions. They only receive 20% NHS funding the rest is purely by the generosity of the public.

Tamsin ended the talk by disclosing some fascinating figures by 21st March this year (from 1st January 2018) the Cornwall Blood Bikes had done 60 runs for Cornwall hospice Care, saving the CHC charity more than £3,500 in taxi fares.   

One of their Consultants, Dr Jane Gibbins said; “The Cornwall Blood Bikers enable us to provide an acute service, which relies on immediate actions. Thanks to them we can address our patient’s symptoms accurately and in a timely manner.”

Janet Barnie, Ward Administrator at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, said; “We genuinely need the Cornwall Blood Bikers. They are a vital service and help us make a difference.”

It is interesting to note that Cornwall Blood Bikes very first ever job was to St. Julia’s Hospice 7 years ago.

What a truly incredible and inspirational place Cornwall Hospice Care is, providing such dedicated intensive care, comfort to patients, their family and friends.

It really is incredible with very special people at its forefront.

We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Tamsin for her time that evening. All the committee and volunteers at Cornwall Blood Bikes to say we are proud and privileged to provide the service we do.



St. Stephens Ladies Club, Saltash Generously Donate

At 19.30 On Thursday 19thApril Cornwall Blood bikes were kindly invited to attend a cheque presentation at St Stephens Church in Saltash.

The ladies of the St Stephens Ladies Club have been running events locally to raise funds for different charities and Cornwall Blood Bikes were chosen to receive an amazing £200 from them.

Cornwall Blood Bikes Volunteers Gustaff Erikson and Fundraising Manager and advanced fleet bike rider, Ian Butler showed the ladies around one of the response bikes and although CBB did a talk to their group last year, it was a pleasure to have a catch up on how the Charity has progressed in the twelve months.

Gustaff and Ian stayed for a very welcome cup of tea and a biscuit and chatted on.

Cornwall Blood bikes is always sincerely thankful for organisations like this who think of the Charity and raise money to keep its wheels turning to help our NHS Partners and Cornwall Hospital Care.

Tuneful Fundraising in aid of Cornwall Blood Bikes

The Porthpyra Singers are a small mixed voice choir based in Looe.

They are a friendly group who meet on a Monday evening, 7:30 at the Riverside Chapel in West Looe. The choir welcomes new members across all voices, particularly male voices.

As a community group the choir focusses much of its singing on raising money for local charities.  Over Christmas 2017 they performed in various locations in the East of the County raised £200 for Blood Bikes; thank you to everyone who supported them.

On the 9th April our CBB volunteers Geoff and Terri Crocker posed along to the Riverside Church, East Looe to receive a cheque for the wonderful amount of £200, they were joined by on duty fleet bike rider Mike Richardson for a fly by stop.

Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to say a sincere thank you to every single member of the choir for their fundraising efforts and to the public who so generously supported the cause.

This money will help keep our wheels turning throughout Cornwall

If you are interested in joining then please check out our website http://www.porthpyrasingers.com and Facebook page for more information or contact Kathy Iles by email kathy@ciles.co.uk or their secretary Joan Taylor 01503 264061.


Cornwall Blood Bikes Chairman accepts cheque from UKG

Our chairman James Forder back in March accepted a very special cheque of £500.00 for Cornwall Blood Bikes from The UK Garrison of which James himself has been part of the Garrison for 5 years now and has 7 cleared costumes.

The UK Garrison was formed in 2000 and has gone on to become one of the foremost Star Wars costuming groups in the UK. They are a part of the constantly growing 501st Legion, itself the largest costuming organisation in the world.

The UKG are renowned for their high standard ‘movie accurate’ costumes, professionalism and dedication to fundraising for charity.

Their goal of being the very best at what they do has been reached and surpassed enabling the members be present at the highest level of Star Wars related events and work with some of the biggest names in the Star Wars industry.

More can be found about their work at


Every year in addition to donating money to their chosen charities the UKG has the UKG Members Charity Fund where club members can nominate charities that mean something personal to them.
James has been with Cornwall Blood Bikes from its humble beginnings and has at one time or another taken on many if not all committee roles, as well as being a coordinator and advanced fleet bike rider, always with the charities best interests at the forefront.

The UKG has supported us at both of our CBB open days and this year with this generous donation to help keep our wheels turning.
A huge heartfelt thank you to the UK Garrison from at Cornwall Blood Bikes for their continued support

Photograph features Biker Scout Kat Ord TB8619 presenting the cheque to CBB Chairman James Forder.