CBB attends The Cornwall Masonic Presentation Day

On Sunday 19th May Cornwall Blood Bikes representatives Vice Chair Jayne Penlerick and Fundraising Manager Ian Butler were kindly invited to attend the Cornwall Masonic Annual Provincial Charity Day 2019.

We always enjoy greatly the annual provincial charity day but this one was truly exceptional, and a great success for all charities that were fortunate enough to be invited to attend.

The location of which the presentation afternoon was set in was truly outstanding, it was located in the magnificent backdrop of the Great Hall, King Arthur Lodge room at Tintagel.

Ian and Jayne joined representatives from fifty other charities to witness the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Stephen C Pearne along with various other lodge representatives make their presentations.

The organisations represented were incredible from the RNLI, Cornwall air Ambulance, Cornwall Hospice Care, The Neonatal Unit at RCHT, League of Friends at Helston Hospital, Launceston Memory Cafe, Cystic Fibrosis and much much more.

About half way through the presentation ceremony Ian and Jayne had the honour of being invited up to join the Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Cornwall, Stephen C Pearne to receive a cheque for £500.00 from the Cornwall Masonic Charitable Foundation, we were then presented with £1,000.00 from Brethren from The Lodge of the Chisel.

This is a wonderful sum of money which will go a long way to ensuring our wheels continue to turn and deliver our FREE service around our marvellous County to our hospitals and hospices, in turn helping to improve patient care and bring that care much closer to home.

This afternoon was a shining example of the remarkable work and contributions from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the Brethren from The Province of Cornwall supporting charities and groups in need. These are much needed funds to all local Cornish Charities within our local communities.

2019 saw the Province of Cornwall give away a breathtaking  £61,953.67 to fifty one charities in just over an hour.

A very big thank you from all the volunteers at Cornwall Blood Bikes without organisations without yourself we truly cannot do what we do.

Please do visit the Provincial Website to learn more about their outstanding work: www.pglcornwall.org.uk

 

Thankyou To Our Friends at Ocean BMW Falmouth

Cornwall Blood Bikes are extremely lucky to operate a fleet of eleven motorcycles which consist of our BMW R1200 RTPs, they are all looked after by our CBB Fleet Manager John Penlerick.

This is a very busy time consuming role, as to keep all eleven bikes operational across Cornwall is quite a task. This role involves keeping the bikes in top top condition in all areas from tyres, to monitoring their trackers and of course vehicle health checks and dealing with bike break downs.

At CBB we are extremely fortunate to have a magnificent working relationship and friendship with Ocean BMW Motorrad at Falmouth.

We would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our fleet manager John and the entire charity to say a very special thank you to Martijn Huddlestone- General Manager at Ocean BMW Motorrad  for the absolutely fabulous service he and his wonderful team, provide at Ocean in keeping our fleet of bikes on the road and in tip, top condition.

There is no right time for any thing to go wrong with a fleet bike, but Martijn and his team are outstanding in getting the bike in, looked at, and back on the road ASAP, sometimes going out of their way to make this possible.

There are perfect examples of this outstanding service as back in January all the CBB volunteers prepared to say our final farewell to our very own Burt Reynolds, who lost his dignified courageous battle with a brain tumour. On the 21st January all eleven of our fleet bikes were due to have the honour of escorting Burt and his family on his final ride.

Two days prior to this, a bike suffered a breakdown, the bike was taken out of hours into the Ocean workshop, and James the mechanic went above and beyond to get the designated part for our fleet bike. The bike was fixed within 24 hours enabling all eleven bikes to say our farewell, something that meant so very much to every single one of us, and always will.

On a separate occasion one of our bikes in early April was carrying time critical samples up the A30 when it suffered a rather bad injury breakdown, another rider had to be tasked to take on these samples leaving a rider awaiting breakdown recovery.  Yet again Martijn was a superstar, the bike was taken into the workshop and was back on the road operational again within 42 hours – simply outstanding!

To say our thank you for this outstanding effort and help, a few weeks ago our Fleet Manager John and duty rider Paul Thomas popped into Ocean with some goodies to show our appreciation.

As volunteers and a charity we cannot do what we do without Martijn and his team of James & Eva at Ocean, and we know you certainly make our fleet managers job much much easier, and are an integral part of our operations across Cornwall.

 

http://www.oceanbmwbikesfalmouth.co.uk

Congratulations Tim

Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to send our congratulations to our very own Tim Cookman.
Tim passed his RoSPA Advanced Riding Test at Gold Level, which is to quote “the highest civilian riding standard available” he is now going forward to become a RoSPA rider tutor.
Tim has very kindly put together in his words why he has a love of motorcycling, and why his passion for safe riding led him to volunteer for CBB, and why he wants to continue to enhance his skills:-
“I have been riding a motorcycle on the road since 1969 when I reached my 16th birthday and before that off road in fields and the like.
My Grandad, Dad, Brother and Uncles all rode then as it was the only affordable means of personal transport so for me riding a motorcycle was a natural thing to adopt when I came of age.
In those days it was possible to ride any machine up 250cc as a learner and as soon as one had passed the test the upper limit disappeared.
Fast forward to summer 2006 and whilst on holiday I read “Long Way Round “ and thought to myself that I could and would like to do something similar and thus began my touring career. With a few like minded pals in the summer of 2007 we set off on our first European trip and have continued ,sometimes 2 trips a year.
During one such trip my son suggested that I should complete an advanced riding course , he already was advanced and said that he thought it would be beneficial to me.
Fast forward to Christmas 2014 when I had reason to be at Treliske hospital collecting  some mobility aids and I spotted a motorcyclist wearing a Blood Bike tunic who had delivered some samples and was preparing to ride off. I struck up a conversation with him and was inspired by what he had to say.
After the Christmas break I contacted a member of CBB to find out what was required to become an active member which for me at that time meant riding. I learned that only advanced riders could ride Fleet Bikes but was welcome to join as long as I agreed to enrol on an advanced riding course or the other option was to become an advanced rider first and then join CBB. I chose the latter and passed in January 2016 and was keen to pass on the knowledge and skills to help others. This proved a challenge until recently when I learned that RoSPA had started a riders advanced course in the area so I enrolled and under the watchful eye of my tutor and after few very enjoyable afternoon rides, I applied for my test and am pleased to say that on Good Friday I successfully completed it with a Gold award. Now I am in a position to learn how to pass on those skills to other riders and have undertaken training to help me to do just that.
In relation to CBB , I enjoy being an active member of the charity and am happy to help out whenever I can”
We would like to pass on our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Tim for his time, dedication and outstanding riding skills. He is a great asset to this charity and a wonderful ambassador.

CBB Fun At Party in the Park 2019

Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to thank the team at Monkey Tree Holiday Park for inviting us to be a part of their 2019 event on Saturday 18th May, and for all their hard work in organising such a brilliant event for all the family to enjoy.

It was a busy weekend for the charity with several events, including a training induction weekend being held where we were welcoming new advanced riders to join our team.

Our Fleet Manager John, started the day at Truro college as part of the induction weekend, then hot footed it out on his way to Newquay, he was met by CBB volunteer riders Andy, Ian, and Steve to set up our gazebo, flags with all the bells and whistles and our infamous mini blood bike

The day was a a fabulous day, where our volunteers were made to feel so welcome by the team at Monkey Tree Holiday Park.

We got to meet so many of you and our BMW R1200 RTPs were certainly a crowd pleaser. Thank you to simply everyone who took the time to stop, chat, have a photo opportunity on one of our impressive beasts and to find out how we operate our FREE service across Cornwall delivering and couriering pathology samples, blood, medication, patient notes and much much more.

Kernow Quilters Exhibition in aid of CBB

At the end of March 2019 Cornwall Blood Bikes received a phone call from the President of Kernow Quilters asking where they could send a cheque for our charity.

Our CBB volunteer Jayne got chatting and as the conversation evolved discovered that these magnificent ladies were a quilting group that meet every Thursday at Mylor Bridge and had held an exhibition in the Autumn of their needlework quilting masterpieces, all in aid of our charity.

Jayne and her colleague Ian have a firm belief that all those that support our charity and help keep our wheels turning do not simply place a cheque in the post, that we try and endeavour to get a bike and our riders to pop by and say a thank you.

So CBB volunteers John & Jayne Penlerick and on duty rider Paul Thomas headed down on a Thursday morning to Mylor Bridge to say hello to these ladies.  They were greeted with a very warm welcome and a cup of tea. Jayne gave a short talk about Cornwall Blood Bikes and how this money will be spent on helping us continue to deliver our professional and dedicated service to our hospitals and hospices.

The Kernow Quilters raised an astounding £1,000.00 and we truly cannot thank them enough for not only their hospitality shown on they but this outstanding donation.

 

 

Congratulations Conrad

Conrad Dowding has been with the charity since 2012, and Cornwall Blood Bikes takes our logo of “Riding for Life” exceptionally serious doing all we can to promote good road safety and a positive image of motorcycling.
All our riders are advanced trained holding either an IAM, RoSPA Gold or Police Class 1 Licence in order to ride one of our BMW 1200 RTPs

Con has been a Local IAM observer since 2017 but on Tuesday 9th April 2019 he passed his exams and proudly became a National Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
At 83 Con is an outstanding member of this charity, carrying out a huge amount of operational duty including relaying time critical samples up to J28 to carry on their journey to Bristol with our colleagues from Freewheelers EVS.

His riding skills, are what we can all aspire too and he is the epitome of “Riding For Life”.

On behalf of Cornwall Blood Bikes we send our huge Congratulations and thank Con for his time and dedication to our charity and in turn the people of Cornwall.

This is Con’s story in his own words…..

Took my test at sixteen on a 250 BSA bike, and then rode an assortment of British Bikes.

Got married, had kids, gave up on the bike then later, started again.

Found that the bikes had changed considerably, they were much faster, roads busier.

While I was growing up, you couldn’t afford a car, so most people used bikes for transport, to work and for leisure. Nowadays bikes are in the minority, hence the car travelling public don’t always seem to notice them. I very soon realised that I needed extra training, and having passed my Advanced Motorcar Test, I now enrolled in the IAM, this time for the motorbike and joined Cornwall Advanced Motorcyclists Club. This was an eye opener.

As well as being instructional, there is also a vibrant social side, ride outs, trips abroad etc.

In May 2012 I passed my IAM Test, having been with the Club for some time. It wasn’t long after this that I joined, the then Cornwall Freewheelers, now Cornwall Blood Bikes.

Realising just how much help I had needed coming back to biking and knowing that most of the people that help you to learn are all volunteers, I wanted to put something back and enrolled in the training to become a Local Observer. Passing the course in June 2017. The satisfaction of getting someone up to test standard and passing is immense,

Throughout this time, I was travelling with the Club and others, all over the Continent.

Brittany, Normandy, Germany, France, Corsica, Spain and onto Morocco. Southern Ireland and many trips around Wales.

In April 2017 I did the BMW Off Road Course, Level one, and then last year, 2018, I took my own bike a BMW GSA, put knobbly tyres on it, and did the Off-Road Course at Sweet Lamb Adventure Rally Academy in Wales.

Last year I also applied and was accepted to train for the National Observer Course, through the IAM, and last Tuesday 9th. April, I passed.

Pleased as this is a nationally recognised qualification.

During this time, I also carried on riding for Cornwall Blood Bikes, and have carried on with my associates from the Cornwall Advanced Motorcyclists. IAM.

This year I am also carrying on extra training, with the IAM.

Will shortly be going on a trip around all points of the compass in Great Britain, approx. 2700 miles with three others from our Club, and then later, perhaps a trip to Romania.

Who knows what the future holds?

 

 

Sterts Singers Show Support

On Friday 21st December 2018 Sterts Theatre & Art Centre, Liskeard played host once again to a Candlelit Carol Concert in the Theatre, where you were advised to dress up warm this was all to celebrate the start of Christmas and to raise funds for charity.

The café and bar was open, along with mulled wine and mince pies on offer. Along went our CBB volunteers Geoff and Terri Crocker and our on duty advanced fleet bike rider Richard Taylor with our “Spirit of Cornwall” BMW 10 operational fleet bike. It was a most enjoyable evening and a great start for all to the festive season.

On Thursday 25th April 2019 the Sterts Singers who were the group that had nominated CBB as the chosen charity to support invited us back once again to make a cheque presentation on one of their rehearsal nights at the theatre.

Geoff & Terri attended once more but this time was accompanied by Fundraising Manager Ian Butler with BMW 1 “Annie”

Terri received the cheque for the wonderful amount of £175.00 and expressed all our sincere thanks for fundraising on our behalf in order to keep our wheels turning.

https://www.sterts.co.uk

“In Memory of Garry” Fundraiser

On 1stFebruary 2019 Cornwall Blood Bikes was invited to attend ‘A Night with Jonny Cowling’ at the Wadebridge Camels, Rugby Pavilion as Michaela Richards and her daughter were raising money for Children’s Hospice South West and Cornwall Blood Bikes in memory of her husband, Garry Richards who died recently from cancer.

We were selected to be a recipient as Garry was a biker and was thinking of contacting us with respect to joining our ranks as a volunteer fleet bike rider.

The weather was cold and icy so volunteer advanced bikers Steve Mason and Ian Butler drove to the event as it was too icy and the temperature had hit 3 degrees for the Fleet Bikes. Unfortunately, the Hospice could not make it but as usual, we made every effort.

The evening was better than they had imagined it would be. Steve and Ian quoted: “we were stupid enough to give Jonny Cowling information about ourselves and he duly took us apart with the banter and it was worth every minute.”

Michaela and daughters Kerri and Abbi ran around making sure that everything was going smoothly but Steve and Ian did get chance to talk to them quietly at the end of the evening.

The auction went really well and Ian & Steve made a command decision on the spot and allowed them to auction 2 motorcycle pillion tickets off which will be arranged for some time in June 2019 when two extremely excited ladies will become the guest of Cornwall Blood Bikes.

A picture was auctioned for a large amount donated by a local artist.

Ian met up with Michaela, Kerri and Abbi recently in early April with BMW 1 “Annie” to have the cheque presented for a fantastic £2,040.00

This charity will always cherish people that arrange such events under very difficult circumstances and we thank from the bottom of our hearts for your fantastic efforts.

All funds raised and donated go straight into the charity and nothing is given in wages as we do not have a CEO or staff, we are ALL volunteers and vow to be there should you need us.

 

Lanlivery Rally Gives Outstanding Donation

The Lanlivery Vintage Rally has, for many years been a supporter of the Cornwall Blood Bike Charity from our very humble beginnings we are always invited for the 3 day event.

Our first visit consisted of  Ian Butler & Steve Wells, Ian’s bike, a fleet bike and a banner thrown between the two bikes.

We’ve come a long way with now our CBB gazebo’s, tables, leaflets etc. We are always given a nice spot and we have always received great hospitality from the committee.

There have been rained off and windy events and there have been fantastic weather events but that’s the weather for you.

 

This year, we were invited along to the 2018 presentation on 15thMarch 2019 at the Colwith Farm Distillery near Lanlivery.

CBB advanced fleet bike riders Brendan Hale and Andy Bellamy attended and we were presented with an unprecedented outstanding sum of £4,750.00

This amount is a first from the Lanlivery event and was a totally surprise to our volunteers Brendan and Andy  who believed we were so lucky to be recieving £400 and something. We will be attending the 2019 event as this has become a traditional event which the charity considers a must.

Ian Butler CBB Fundraising Manager quoted:-

” I am honoured that we have got to this point with the Lanlivery Committee, and all the extraordinary and unending support that they have always given our purely volunteer run charity,  and fully intend to maintain or better the relationship that we now have, and hope this continues into our future..

 

 

 

 

Cornwall Ostomy Group Generously Donate

Our Cornwall Blood Bike volunteer Jayne Penlerick was very kindly invited by Cornwall Ostomy Group to attend one of their monthly meetings.

They are a group based in Carnon Downs, Cornwall, England to support people who have a Colostomy, Ileostomy or Urostomy. People who have had an ostomy reversal or who may face this type of operation in the future and their partners/carers. Their aim is to provide support mainly for people in the UK and Cornwall.

Jayne attended on a very wet dark March afternoon to be greeted by the warmest of welcomes by Ray and his wife, and Ken with so many members being in attendance. On arrival Jayne was introduced to the specialist Stoma Nurse from the Royal Cornwall Hospital, and then was invited to join Ray and Ken on the floor to receive a cheque for £500.00, and then was asked to give a short talk on how that money will be used by our charity.

Jayne spoke for about 20 minutes on how this tremendous amount will stay in Cornwall and literally keep our wheels turning on our fleet of 11 BMW 1200 RTP’s. These bikes are our biggest props, and are “work horses” which operate across our County out of hours delivering our professional and dedicated free service to our hospitals and hospices.

We send a very big heartfelt thank you to all the members of The Cornwall Ostomy Support Group for thinking of us, and showing their support to our purely volunteer run charity.