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Coordinator Vacancies

Don’t feel riding is really for you but still want to be part of the action and part of a great team?

Do you have basic IT skills and are able to use Microsoft office, Excel and a good knowledge of Spreadsheets?

Are you a good communicator and comfortable using the phone?

If you can answer yes then we would love to hear from you. Working with our operations manager you would be required to:

  • Have access to a computer and telephone
  • Contact riders and verify their on call availability
  • Receive and log all calls and job requests from out NHS partners
  • Input and keep our journey logs updated  in real time as jobs are received and completed
  • Coordinate and plan rider movement and deliveries/jobs
  • Provide support to our riders and NHS partners as necessary whilst on duty

For further information feel free to contact us.

Fantastic Falmouth Hospital Staff Show Support

The wonderful staff based at Falmouth Community hospital got together with patients and organized a Christmas Raffle with Wendy Tape at the helm.

The patients and staff generously donated lots of goodies that enabled the staff to create superb hampers which were then raffled and raised an outstanding sum of £400.00.

On the 22ndFebruary 2019 Cornwall Blood Bike (CBB)volunteers were kindly invited down to a presentation handover at Falmouth Hospital.

 

CBB Advanced Fleet Bike Rider Brian Reynolds, John Penlerick – CBB Fleet Manager, Jayne Penlerick – CBB PR Media Liaison, were warmly greeted by Wendy and invited onto the ward to meet the patients and learn more about the essential care given by this vital community hospital in providing support to people’s health and wellbeing. All three volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the morning and their tour of this fabulous hospital and the services it strives to provide.

Cornwall Blood Bikes are extremely proud of our dedicated and professional FREE service that we offer to all our hospitals but especially to this vital community hospital operating 5pm – 7am Monday – Friday, and 24 hours weekends and bank holidays

It was estimated in 2018 CBB saved the NHS in Cornwall in excess of £200,00 in taxi’s and couriers.

The cheque was presented to CBB volunteer advanced fleet bike rider Brian Reynolds.

Brian stated “On behalf of Cornwall Blood Bikes we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the staff and patients for this outstanding donation that will truly keep our wheels turning, and allow us to continue helping yourselves and other hospitals”

Photograph:-

The main photo includes Shelley Whatmore, Dudley Young, Gemma Prickett, Jess Hunt, Alex Parks, Jan Crapp, Wendy Tape, Alison Stevenson, Sharon Dryden on the bike and Barbara Seabourne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Mellion Lady Golf Captain Lends Support

In mid-2017, Cornwall Blood Bikes was approached by the incoming St. Mellion Ladies Golf Captain, Glennis Wootton, as she had to select a Charity to support for her tenure.
Our CBB Fundraising Manager Ian Butler went along to St. Mellion to give a presentation about the charity, what we do and how we do it over coffee and she was delighted to confirm that CBB would be her choice.

Over the year Ian attended an evening networking event with Cornwall Young Farmers and Glennis also held her Captains Charity Day on the 1st July 2018 where CBB Fleet Manager John Penlerick, and CBB advanced bike riders Burt Reynolds and Gustaf Erikkson attended on what was a drizzly day but much fun was had by all with our volunteers playing “gangsta dress up”.

The lady golfers held several events over the year, all based around walking the greens of the St. Mellion Golf Club. They held a Captains Day and in November 2018 Ian Butler was kindly invited to attend and receive a cheque on behalf on the charity.

We thank Glennis and all the ladies for thinking of us and raising money for us. They were left in no doubt what the funds would be used for and how essential there support had been.

“It’s What We Do”

As the Spring beckoned and the lighter evenings started to show promise for a great Summer ahead on a Tuesday night of a normal operational week Cornwall Blood Bikes experienced a very busy evening with all our West, Mid and East riders out on call to our hospitals and hospices.

But as the majority of Cornwall settled down to sleep something very special was happening….
At just after 11:45pm our on duty co-ordinator received a call for our rider to be called out on a time critical from the mid of our County to the East, this rider returned home about 1:30am
So as our on duty co-ordinator began to call it a night he received a call just before 2 am from The Royal Cornwall Hospital, Blood Bank needing time critical samples to be relayed to Bristol.

The on duty co-ordinator was called at our friends at Freewheelers EVS to see if they could oblige to meet up with our rider.
Our on duty mid rider was woken shortly after 2am, with our East rider also being alerted to be on standby for a RV with the Mid rider at the edge of our County.
These time critical samples were handed over with Freewheelers EVS around 5am and then continued their journey to their destination in Bristol.
We would like to express our thanks to Freewheelers EVS for all their help & assistance, and our sincerest heartfelt thank you to all riders who experienced a busy night on Tuesday.
Especially our on duty coordinator who saw the entire night with them to make sure everyone was safe, and those three riders who did late night calls, with two riding through the entire night to get these vital samples to their intended destination.

When the riders were thanked the simple reply was:-
“No need for thanks that is exactly what we are here for”
They all got up and continued with work and commitments the next day.

This displays volunteering at its ultimate best and truly shows why we say our volunteers really do go the extra mile..

Helluva Pasties Support CBB

During February you may have seen that Cornwall had some very special visitors this week.

Mr & Mrs Pasty from the The Cornish Pasty Association arrived in style on the night rivera lounge train way down West at Penzance on Monday 21st February to celebrate #CornishPastyWeek
Their first stop was West Cornwall Hospital, and from there you may have caught a glimpse of them making pasty deliveries to Fire & Ambulance Stations, Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ, RNLI, the iconic Eden project and even stopped to admire the view at Rick Steins in Padstow to name a few.
Did you spot them??
But the last stop of the day for the week, took them to Helluva Pasties and to meet the volunteers of Cornwall Blood Bikes to make their delicious pasty handover.
CBB are extremely proud of our Cornish roots as a purely volunteer run charity to our hospitals and hospices. We feel very privileged to be supported by the businesses and individuals of Cornwall.
We wonder how many blood bike duties & fundraising events have been fuelled on a good Cornish pasty?

A very big thank you from everyone at Cornwall Blood Bikes to Helluva Pasties
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Oggy Oggy Oggy 🥟🥟🥟

Photographed (L-R)
CBB Advanced Fleet Bike Rider Alan Moss, Geoff Crocker, Terri Crocker, CBB Advanced Fleet Bike Rider Con Dowding and the girls from Helluva pasties

Team Work Makes The Dream Work

CBB has a truly great supportive friend in Jamie Reed and his award winning team at DJ in Cornwall, and Jamie on the 15th February 2019 created a fabulous night and showed exactly what happens when people work together for one main sole purpose.
Jamie started planning #FalmouthRewind which was an epic night where he brought together old DJ’s back to work together and they took you back to the 90’s and early naughties.

Our on duty advanced fleet bike rider Paul Thomas dropped by with one of our impressive BMW 1200 RT-Ps and stayed around for a photo call or two….
A night of fun, laughter and great memories were made.
A phenomenal £1,399.00 (DJ In Cornwall added the extra £1 to round it up) was raised, which will be split between Motor Neuron Disease Cornwall and our charity Cornwall Blood Bikes.
To everyone that attended, to all the DJ’s that travelled to be a part of the evening, and to all those businesses across Cornwall that donated such fabulous raffle prizes- a huge heartfelt thank you!

Without individuals, businesses and organisations like YOU our wheels do not turn.

But also thank you to the main man, Jamie, you worked tirelessly to make this event a great success and it is appreciated by us all at CBB.
Because of YOU all being beside us for every mile of our journey, we are able to provide our purely volunteer run professional and dedicated service to our hospitals and hospices across Cornwall.

Do check out Jamie and his great team at DJ In Cornwall providing exceptional entertainment for weddings, corporate events and parties in the South West.

Gib or Bust

At Cornwall Blood Bikes we love celebrating the very special ways in which the people from the County of Cornwall fundraise for us.

Do you remember seeing the impressive sight of Lightning McQueen last year at some of our CBB events, before it was ready to set off for an adventure?

Team Lightning McQueen 95 consisting of John & Alison Gaisford, took part in a rally around Europe: Gib or Bust to raise money for their chosen charity – Cornwall Blood Bikes.
This rally took them through 5 countries and 2 Continents starting at St Austell where they left the Cornwall Hotel & Spa on Sunday 30th September in the company of a splendid sight of other Teams and their fabulous sturdy vehicles. Team 95 was bid bon voyage by our on duty advanced fleet bike rider Steve Moss.
After leaving Cornwall on the 30th Sept, catching the ferry from Plymouth to Santander and travelling through Spain to Salamanca, then onward to Porto in Portugal and Lagos.
The next day onward to Gibraltar – Gib or Bust over 2300 miles in 5 days.
Their 1998 Corvette that is now 20 years old and was put through its paces on this epic adventure.
CBB are always blown away by the outstanding efforts people go to keep our wheels turning.
John knows better than most just how essential this money is to our operations across Cornwall.
John is one of our advanced fleet bike riders who dedicates his time to riding in all winds and weathers delivering to our hospitals and hospices.

On the 5th December 2018 CBB volunteers attending their Christmas Volunteer meeting where John stepped forward to hand over a cheque for the phenomenal amount of £1,100.00 where CBB PR Media Liaison Jayne Penlerick accepted on behalf of the charity.

CBB Proudly Escort Burt On His Final Ride

Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to join with the family of our late CBB volunteer Burt Reynolds, his daughter Vicky, Son Sam, and Partner Sue, in saying a very big heart felt thank you to every single person who left such wonderful messages on our Facebook page and sent sympathy cards following his untimely passing.
These beautiful messages of support really have meant everything to us all at such a difficult time.
The loss and grief we are feeling is only a fraction to what his family and friends have felt over these difficult weeks and as they come to terms with the loss of an extraordinary man in the months and years to come.
On Monday 21st January 2019 Cornwall Blood Bikes joined with Burt’s family & friends and we got to say our final farewell.

CBB got to pay our unique, moving and special tribute, where all 11 of our CBB fleet bikes escorted Burt’s funeral cortege and took him on his final and last ride.

The 11 riders on the fleet bikes were:-
Ian Butler
Paul Thomas
Dave Trudgeon
Andy Bellamy
John Green
Len McMurrow
Alan Chowings
Tim Cookman
Martijn Huddlestone
Si Oates
Brendan Hale

These 11 riders on the CBB bikes displayed exemplary riding standards and truly showcased why we are “Riding For Life”

To all those named riders you didn’t just do Burt proud, you did the charity of Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Blood Bikers all over the Country proud.
The bikes were truly shining, and Burt would have been for once speechless. …in the words of Burt “clean bikes are always happy bikes”
As Burt’s funeral cortege arrived at the crematorium he was met by ten CBB volunteers wearing their high viz jackets as they formed their “Guard of Honour”
Well he would have been overwhelmed by the efforts you all went to on his behalf.

The entire morning was very emotional but a true celebration of someone who we are proud to call a CBB diamond, who we will all miss dreadfully.
As we told you previously Burt never ever wanted to hand in his CBB high vis jacket, and there was one way that we wanted to ensure that Burt never left us.

The first week of January CBB took delivery of a bike from our colleagues at Freewheelers EVS in Bristol, this has become our BMW 4, and this proudly bears
“In Memory of “Burt”
This bike was ridden on Monday directly in front of the hearse, by his good friend Dave Trudgeon, together they had formed quite a comedy partnership, and nothing could have been more fitting.

That way we felt that Burt will stay operational across Cornwall with his dear friends and continue doing something that he was so passionate about, which was promoting safe bike riding, and providing our free professional dedicated service for free to our hospitals and hospices,
We will indeed cherish his memory and let it live on.

So Burt we said our goodbyes and laid you to rest, we hope as your closing song said that you are that
“Spirit in the Sky” wearing your high viz proudly with the wind at your back as you ride the winding roads.
Ride safe dear friend, until we meet again.

GoodBye Our Very Dear Friend

As the New Year of 2019 was welcomed in with tremendous hope for new beginnings, Cornwall Blood Bikes received heartbreaking news.

Our very own advanced fleet bike rider Burt Reynolds had passed away on New Years Day following a courageous battle with a brain tumour.
Burt joined Cornwall Blood Bikes on 27th January 2018 and I think it is safe to say was the epitome of what a CBB volunteer should be.

Burt joined the charity with exactly the right manner: quietly and steadily, gaining knowledge and information about the organisation that he had chosen to volunteer with.
Burt was a retired Devon & Cornwall Police Sergeant, serving in many Cornish villages but soon joined the Traffic branch of “O” Division.
Burt passed his advanced driving/ riding in 1986 and was a Police Class 1 rider.
Burt was always so proud to tell you that he was one of the first traffic Sergeants involved in setting up the fledgling Traffic Training School, and went onto serve at Devon & Cornwall Police Headquarters at Middlemoor, producing some excellent students and courses.

Burt was a proud Cornishman, born and bred and adored the County that he said he always felt privileged to live in.
Using Burt’s own words “Gods Country, if he made anything better then he kept it to himself”
So in January 2018 when Burt was looking for a new focus, he felt that Cornwall Blood Bikes would be an ideal place to take the passion of a devoted career of good road safety and safe motor biking to a charity that simply was “Riding for Life”

Upon Burt’s joining he soon forged many friendships & regained old friendships with current CBB volunteers who were also retired Devon & Cornwall Police officers, and many a tale got told at fundraising events as they reminisced over old times.
2018 for CBB was one of the busiest to date with over 186 fundraising events and talks.
When the Charity prepared to welcome in the milestone moment of receiving our first ever brand new
BMW 1200 RT(P) “Spirit of Cornwall”, at our fundraising gala evening in April, at The Alverton Hotel in Truro.
Burt was delighted to be the on duty fleet bike rider for the evening and to be at the hotel outside welcoming guests to the evening.
There was one problem, we thought some guests were late for the evening, but we later discovered no they were not late, Burt was keeping them chatting!
Our advanced bike fleet rider Burt threw himself into the Charity whole-heartedly, covering a multitude of shifts in all winds and weathers, never ever complaining and always privileged to be serving our Counties hospitals and hospices.

Burt found himself as the April 2018 “Iron Butt” Winner covering 840 operational miles, and received his certificate back in June at our volunteer’s day.
Burt was so dedicated to the charity that he not only gave up his time to ride and fundraise but also was an immense help to our CBB Fleet Manager moving bikes around the County for health checks, breakdowns and servicing.
For those volunteers that didn’t know Burt then it didn’t take very long to work out that his sense of humour was simply outstanding!
Burt loved fundraising events, and was more than happy to attend them up and down the County, and never ceased to be amazed by the communities’ generosity.
He took part in fancy dress, golf days where they ended up playing snooker with golf balls, judging competitions and even spent time at an event in the summer persuading a local MP to look at the work of blood bikes group up and down the Country and to see if we could be allowed vehicle tax exemption.
Burt would ring the co-coordinator to book a job number to attend an event, or to move a bike, the call received would go something like this:-
“Good Afternoon Cornwall Blood Bikes”
“Ah Cornwall Blood Bikes – Burt Here, you are looking well”

In August 2018 Burt was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and he stated quite clearly that he had no intention of handing in his CBB high vis jacket.
He unfortunately had to give up riding for the time being, but his intention was to continue flying the flag for CBB, attending fundraising events and talks.
My goodness Burt proved he was very much a man of his word!
Burt underwent extensive treatment, and despite everything that was thrown at him, never missed a fundraising event, CBB members meeting or charity presentations. He could always be found laughing, charity pot in hand, and quite often a pasty!
In December 2018 CBB held their Christmas Members meeting and the Fundraising team presented their usual fun certificates to say a very big heartfelt thank you to all those volunteers who really do go the extra mile.
Burt was our 4th top fundraiser of 2018, attending extensive events throughout Cornwall and received from our Chair his certificate and presentation gift.
Throughout all Burt’s illness and treatment the one thing that has shone clear to his CBB friends and colleagues was his sheer determination, dignity, and courage.
He never ever stopped caring for others. Always showing his kindness, and compassion and being more concerned over what other people were going through, and of course never losing that incredible sense of humour.
Burt used to end his text messages “Ride safe my dear friends, catch up with you dreckly”

We believed if anyone could fight this dreadful condition then our Burt certainly could, but sadly that was not to be.
Burt became poorly over the Christmas period, but he still showed that incredibly positivity of looking forward to all our upcoming 2019 events.
Burt’s journey came to an end on New Years Day.

Cornwall Blood Bikes have lost a pure diamond and an exceptional friend to so many.
The loss we are feeling is only a fraction to what Burt’s lovely partner Sue, his daughter Vicky, Son Sam and their families must be feeling as they come to terms with the loss of a much loved partner, Dad and devoted Grandad.
We send our heartfelt sympathies from all the volunteers at CBB.
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all, as you have to cope with the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
Burt’s time with us, and most of all his family was cut so cruelly short.
For all of us who had the pleasure of knowing Burt so well, we treasure his knowledge and wisdom and most importantly the gift of his friendship.
Burt’s journey has been nothing but inspirational, of which we can all learn lessons from.
Burt you always told us you had no intention of handing in your Cornwall Blood Bikes high vis jacket, and we told you we never ever wanted it back.
Well we hope you are very proudly wearing that jacket, with the wind always at your back as you travel the winding roads.

Take care.
Ride safe our very dear friend.
We will catch up with you ‘dreckly

“Annie”

On Sunday 16th December 2018 Cornwall Blood Bike volunteers had a wonderful afternoon at the Christmas Fun Dog show hosted by Anne Shaw and Gulval Dog Training Club.
An outstanding amount of in excess of £1,400.00 was raised.
We cannot thank everyone enough whether you donated, baked, attended or helped in anyway.

But that day was very special for another reason, as CBB had been keeping a secret for a while and had to wait until yesterday to unveil their surprise.
Anne Shaw is a stalwart supporter of Cornwall Blood Bikes.

Her story began just over 3 years ago when Anne was out at Morrisons Penzance, doing her shopping and she came across our very own “Mr Mark” Holroyd.
Mark was the Fundraising Manager for the charity at the time, Mark worked tirelessly for the charity and did a wonderful job of laying the solid foundations on which the current Fundraising Manager, Ian Butler had to build on.
Anne spoke with Mark at length about who we are, and what we do across Cornwall.
Her words when she left were:- “If you are lucky I MAY do a dog show for you”

Well Anne did do a dog show, and another, cream teas, coffee mornings, sponsored walk’s followed and as they say the rest is history.
Anne hasn’t just raised vital funds, but she has also done something that is equally if not more important for us, and that is to raise our awareness across Cornwall and how we can save the NHS money across Cornwall.
To date Anne has raised the outstanding sum of £17,500.00 for us.
Anne has been a phenomenal fundraiser and has been doing so for over 40 years. It is important to recognize not just the fundraising efforts she has gone to on our behalf but for other charities that have benefitted from her hard work such as The Stroke Appeal, The Badger Trust, Cats Rescue, and so much more.
Every single week the dog training classes that she hosts, all money is donated to animal charities across the County and beyond.
Anne is our very dear friend and we only had so many ways that our Fundraising manager could say thank you on behalf of the charity for such tremendous hard work to host these events and fundraise.

But there was only one way that we could say the biggest heartfelt thank you and to ensure that no matter where we go, or the journey we take, our friend is with us.
Our BMW 1200 RT-p BMW 1 will proudly bear the name “Annie”

On that Sunday afternoon PR Media Liaison Jayne Penlerick, stepped forward to introduce the charity and unbeknown to Anne who was surrounded by CBB volunteers and over 45 plus dogs and their owners, Jayne started to say what we do as a charity and how we do it, and then began to speak about Anne’s unwavering support. Anne who is a lady who does not like the limelight was more than a little embarrassed and started to make a hasty retreat towards the kitchen, but as she took the hand of Ian Butler, she was asked to step forward to lift the Cornish flag to unveil the name “Annie” to a rapture of applause from everyone.

It was a very special afternoon, with a great festive atmosphere and for us a very special moment that we have been waiting to reveal to everyone.

From every volunteer at Cornwall Blood Bikes the biggest heartfelt thank you, and may “Annie” go onto to serve the County on operational duty and attending fundraising events and all riders stay safe.
Below is a rare photograph of Anne surrounded by CBB volunteers and a small clip of the bike reveal.
(L-R) CBB Chris Polawski, CBB Fundraising Manager Ian Butler, CBB Fleet Manager John Penlerick, Retired West Cornwall Supervet Steve Otty (Judge), Anne Shaw, CBB Mr Mark Holroyd, CBB Martijn Huddlestone, CBB Brian Reynolds.