Special Guests of Cornwall Blood Bikes

Here at Cornwall Blood Bikes, all our volunteers share a heartfelt passion for biking and good road safety and being able to ride the glorious roads around our County.
But on Sunday 15th September 2019 we had the company of extra special guests of Cornwall Blood Bikes.
Back in January 2019, our CBB Volunteers, Fundraising Manager Ian Butler and Training Manager Steve Mason headed to Wadebridge RFC where the legendary Johnny Cowling was compere for a charity auction and fundraising evening in aid of CBB and Children’s Hospice Southwest.
Steve & Ian found themselves the subject of Jonny’s attention for most of the evening much to the amusement of the audience.
As part of that evening a charity auction took place which raised an outstanding sum of money.
Within the prizes for auction, was the chance to be the guests of Cornwall Blood Bikes and experience being a pillion under advanced riding skills.
On Sunday our two pillion winners were the guests of Cornwall Blood Bikes.
Nici & Kate started the day meeting CBB volunteers Ian Butler, Jayne Penlerick, Steve Mason, Tim Cookman, Ian Prout, and Jaynene White at the famous Chapter 1 diner for breakfast.

The ride set off, headed by the lead bike Ian & Jayne, and the pillions on Tim & Ian Prout’s Bikes.
Although the ladies were certainly a little nervous of the unknown Tim & Ian’s riding skills soon reassured them
The ride took them all along the coast, stopping for a customary coffee stop at Portreath, before heading all along the north coast by now the ladies had certainly got the bug and were soaking in the views.
A few pit stops along the way, and by the stop at The Gurnards Head, Tim & Ian had lost their bikes as the ladies posed for photographs.
The lunch stop was set by the backdrop of that famous iconic Cornish landscape St Michaels Mount at the Godololphin Arms.
The day seemed to fly by, with many miles covered and the smiles on Nici & Kate’s faces never faded for the day.
Neither had ever ridden pillion or been on a bike, so it truly was an experience.
Thank you to our CBB volunteers for giving up their time to dedicate to the day but special thanks must go to Ian Prout & Tim Cookman for looking after your pillions so very well and giving them such a special day and experience for them to cherish forever.
Also a big thank you to Ian Butler who lead the whole ride perfectly.
Today truly showcased the safe and advanced riding skills at their very best that CBB strive for at all times.
But the biggest thank you goes to our pillion ride winners Nici & Kate for supporting our charity in this way to help keep our wheels turning.
We are very proud to be a Cornish charity and on that Sunday some of its volunteer advanced riders & special guests had the opportunity to ride this fabulous counties countryside of which we have the privilege to serve.
A great day was had by all.

Martin Jennings Memorial Run 2019

Cornwall Blood Bikes were delighted to announce that The 32nd Annual Martin Jennings Memorial Run was all set for Sunday 8th September at Tregurra Park & Ride, Truro. 

Well what a day for Cornwall Blood Bikes as our volunteers attended the 32nd Martin Jennings Memorial run.
The day saw an early start with Jayne Penlerick, Richard Taylor, Steve Mason, Tim Cookman, Steve Moss, Si Oates, John Penlerick, Mark Horscroft, Brian Reynolds and his lovely wife Sarah who donned a CBB high viz to help on the most spectacular of September days and the scene was set for the perfect ride. 
We were one of two chosen charities alongside our fellow Cornish charity Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Bikes started to arrive shortly after 08:30 when the gates opened, on these gates were volunteers from both charities directing bikes, and taking the admission payments, where all riders were given a special commemorative wristband to mark the occasion.

Every single penny paid through riders entry fees of £5 per bike, and public donations on the day, went directly to two life saving and life changing charities and for us this is an incredible amount which goes directly back onto our fleet of 12 BMWR1200 RTPs which have the pleasure of service our NHS partners and the people of Cornwall.

Between 1200-1400 bikes took part and as well as being a spectacular sight a phenomenal £5,806.17 was raised with each charity receiving £2,903.08
Thank you to our colleagues at Cornwall Air Ambulance for a great day working alongside each other but most of all to Dave Saunby for organising these rides that benefit all charities but for most importantly nominating our charity to be a beneficiary.
Thank you to everyone who took part and showed such incredible support for two life saving and life changing charities.

RAF St Mawgan Keep Our Wheels Turning

In November 2018 Cornwall Blood Bikes were invited to give a presentation to the folks of RAF St Mawgan which was attended by our very own Membership Secretary Brendan Hale . CBB were exceptionally lucky to have been put to a vote by the stations charity committee and CBB came out as the overall winner to be supported by RAF St Mawgan who then embarked on a year of fundraising, which we have endeavoured to support where we can.

After the presentation in November Brendan was invited to accompany RAF personnel including the station commander into Newquay to help them with the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. CBB is extremely fortunate to have quite a few retired, ex, and current military personnel as volunteers at the charity, and a cause that we are honoured to support.

The Royal Cornwall Show 2019 saw the RAF Regiment play host to a paintball competition and the art of “war wounds” with all monies going to the station’s chosen charity. On a very wet Friday CBB volunteers Steve, Jayne & Ian made their way from the Blood Bike stand up to the RAF Stand accompanied by our BMW R1200 RTP “In Memory of Burt” under RAF Regiment escort, which drew quite a crowd. We had a phenomenal opportunity to have our bike in front of an iconic spitfire and pose with members of the RAF Regiment and the station commander as well as our Fundraising Manager Ian Butler having a go at the paintball. This brought back happy memories for our Ian who is a retired Naval Submariner and also for Steve who had served as RAF Regiment and spent time stationed at RAF St Mawgan.

On the 11th July 2019 CBB volunteers Vice Chair Jayne, Fleet Manager John, and Brendan Hale were invited on a stunningly sunny day for a cheque presentation afternoon at the base, where they were made to feel most welcome. An outstanding £1,408,12 was presented to the charity.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a very big heartfelt thank you to every single member of station staff based at RAF St Mawgan for this remarkable amount of money. There is a very special link between CBB and the military, this money will continue to ensure that our wheels are kept turning around Cornwall providing our free charity service to our hospitals and hospices, and in turn helping the people of Cornwall.