“Andy yw an Gwella”

Cornwall Blood Bikes had the priviledge of being a part of Newquay Beer Festiaval on the 22nd September 2018, and as the rain eased off to produce a pleasant evening our very special friends Olla an Gwella took to the main stage.

These song singing, Kernow-loving beauties made the most of their appearance at Newquay Beer Festival on Saturday as they used their performance ‘slot’ to say thank you and to enable some presentations to take place.

The occasion enabled Rob Spowart, as Oll an Gwella Spokesman, to say thank you to Newquay Towan Blystra Lions who had generously contributed £250.00 to the costs of recording and producing the group’s 2nd CD. As a result, the recording production costs were quickly met and all money now raised from sales is being given to their chosen charity “Cornwall Blood Bikes”.
Representatives of Cornwall Blood Bikes, Jayne and John Penlerick, Dave Trudgeon, Ian Butle, Elizabeth Organ and Brendan Hale were delighted to receive a cheque for an astounding amount of £2,500 from Oll an Gwella.

This sum was made up from both CD sales and donations made to the group for their performances in recent months.

CBB PR Media Liaison Jayne Penlerick said a heartfelt thank you to this group of fabulous gentlemen.
CBB volunteers have had the most wonderful time supporting this band of beauties, and as our way of thanking them approached them some months ago and invited the group to name the latest CBB Fleet bike to be brought into service.

Oll an Gwella had decided to acknowledge the inspirational fight that Andy Pappin (tenor singing member of the group) had shown as he had worked to overcome both the effects of a life-changing Road Traffic accident and an aggressive form of cancer.
Andy sadly passed away earlier in the year and, as a tribute to his memory the new bike was named “Andy yw an Gwella” which means “Andy,is the best”.
A St Piran’s flag was used to enable Debbie (Andy’s wife), Kevin (Andy’s brother) and Rose (Andy’s daughter) to unveil the bike’s inscription.

Cornwall Blood Bikes are extremely privileged that one of Andy’s first and final performances back together as a group, was in front of the CBB stand at The Royal Cornwall Show, which was incredibly special.
We have always described these wonderful silver topped gentleman as some of the nicest people you could wish to meet.
Andy spent his entire life doing what he could to help people, and giving back to the community was also a keen biker..
How apt that “Andy yw an Gwella” will become operational across Cornwall and in turn serve the people, hospitals and hospices at the heart of the community.
The evening ended with a tribute to Andy as Oll an Gwella sang looking onto the newly named fleet bike “Cornwall My Home”
CBB are enormously proud of our strong Cornish roots as a charity and are honoured to be able to have this fleet bike in Andy’s memory and as part of our fleet.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every single member of Oll an Gwella for welcoming CBB into their extended family.

The Mark Benevolent Fund Generously Donates

As CBB began to approach the August Bank Holiday weekend they took time to reflect on what was an exceptional bank holiday weekend for the charity.
On Friday 24th August 2018 on an inclimate evening representatives from Cornwall Blood Bikes gathered at the stunning Cornish historic location of Pendennis Castle for a buffet reception where we were joined by over one hundred brethren and their wives from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Masons of Cornwall
This very special evening was to celebrate the official presentation of a brand new BMW 1200 RT-P response motorcycle.
Cornwall Blood Bikes were so delighted to discover that we had been the very lucky beneficiary of money donated by The Mark Benevolent Fund on behalf of the The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons.
The funding for these awards came from the Brethren of the Grand Lodge of The Mark Master Masons who took part in the Mark Benevolent Charity Walk held on Saturday 6th May 2017 around the Royal Parks of London.
Cornwall being represented by the Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Master Masons of Cornwall, Mr. Kevin Hicks, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Mr Peter Johns, Mrs Carole Johns, Mrs Denise Trevains and Mr. Simon Trevains.
The final sum raised far exceeded expectation, raising the astonishing sum of £437, 934
The Trustees of the Mark Benevolent Fund decided to announce towards the end of 2017 that the Fund would work in partnership with the Nationanwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB) and support nationally 17 Blood Bike Charities with a donation of £300,000 for the purchase of 9 motorcycles and 8 blood cars. This came as The Mark Benevolent Fund celebrates its 150th Anniversary.
For us as a charity we would like to acknowledge our sincere gratitude to The Mark Benevolent Fund and The Cornwall Mark Master Masons, as an organisation for the support and tireless work and commitment you give to not just charities like ourselves, but other fantastic local charities and good causes supporting them with donations to enhance the work carried out in our local communities.
We would also like to say a thank you to Darren Coleman-Heald, Charities Manager from The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons for travelling such a distance to Cornwall to be with us for such a special evening.
Darren presented various items including a framed certificate to our chairman James Forder, signed by H.R.H Duke of Kent, with Right Worshipful Bro. Kevin Hicks, Provincial Grand Master making his presentations to the charity.
A heartfelt thank you must also go to Trenton Spear, from Pendennis Castle for all his help and support for the event, and to local Cornish businesses Snazzy Balloons for providing the decorations, Kerra’s Catering & Helford Hog Roasts for an outstanding buffet and yet again to DJ in Cornwall for the tech equipment.

We are proud and privileged to provide the service we do, and we look forward immensely to taking delivery of our brand new BMW 1200 RT-P

“Mark Mason” will proudly became a member of our fleet and has on gone onto develop our service in further and in turn help and serve the wider communities of Cornwall.

Special Guests of Cornwall Blood Bikes

On the 22nd July 2018 a superb day dawned across our marvellous County of Cornwall, and on that day it could not have been better to showcase our beautiful County for some extra special guests of Cornwall Blood Bikes.
Back in April last year, CBB held our spectacular fundraising charity gala evening at The Alverton Hotel, Truro.
As part of that evening a charity auction took place which raised an outstanding sum of over £2,500.00
Within the prizes up for grabs, was the chance to be the guests of Cornwall Blood Bikes and experience being a pillion under advanced riding skills.
Today our two pillion winners were the guests of Cornwall Blood Bikes.
Ben & Becky started the day meeting CBB volunteers Ian, Jayne, Brendan, Andy & Julie at the famous Chapter 1 diner for breakfast.
Ben even had chance for a photo opportunity on a blood bike, as on duty fleet bike rider Steve was just leaving on being tasked with a job in the East of the County.
The ride set off headed by the lead Julie, and the pillions on Andy & Brendan’s Bikes could not have been happier from the offset.
The ride took them all along the coast, stopping for a customary ice cream at Portreath, before heading all along the north coast.
The lunch stop was at that famous iconic Cornish landscape St Michaels Mount at the Godolphin Arms, before heading to Helston, Falmouth and working back to our original starting point.
The day seemed to fly by, with many miles covered and the smiles on Becky & Bens faces never faded for the day.
Neither had ever ridden pillion, so it truly was an experience.
Thank you to our CBB volunteers Andy Bellamy & Brendan Hale for looking after your pillions so well and giving them such a special day, and experience for them to cherish forever.
A very big thank you to our very own Tony Symons for planning such a fantastic route and also to Julie who lead the whole ride perfectly.
That wonderful day 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 Becky & Ben for supporting our charity in this way to help keep our wheels turning.
We are very proud to be a Cornish charity and today some of its volunteer 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.

CBB have a very special supporter…

On Saturday 23rd June Cornwall Blood Bikes had a remarkable day at Damerells Motorcycles with their official handover presentation of our three BMW 1200 RT(p)s funded by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall.
There were many distinguished guests present but for us there were two very special visitors in the form of Sarah & Ellie Rossiter.

Sarah is the widow of Steve Rossiter, who was tragically killed in a motorbike accident near St. Austell last October.
Steve was a much loved husband, son, brother and dear friend of many.
The family asked for donations to be made to Cornwall Blood Bikes.


Sarah & Ellie met with CBB Fundraising Manager Ian Butler & CBB PR Media Liaison Jayne Penlerick to present a cheque for the wonderful amount of £436.63
Ellie proved herself to be one outstanding young lady & was a little nervous of the large bikes to begin with, but took it all in her stride and didn’t take long to have a photo opportunity
Ellie has now taken on the challenge of fundraising for CBB herself and this Thursday will see her selling her handmade greetings cards & gifts with all proceeds to CBB and Penhaligons friends.
Serving our community is always a pleasure but when you get to meet remarkable individuals like this young lady it’s really a true privilege.
A very big thank you to Sarah, Ellie and all Steve’s family & friends for donating to CBB in his memory.
Photo L-R
Ian Butler, CBB Fundraising Manager, Ellie on “Spirit of Cornwall”, Sarah Rossiter

‘Blood Brothers’ come to Mylor Bridge.

‘Patients may never know lives have been saved by the Blood Bike Service,’ quoted by advanced bike rider Martijn Huddlestone as he spoke to members of Mylor and Flushing WI at their June meeting.

Cornwall Blood Bikes is a completely volunteer courier service which carries urgent supplies of blood, medications and other vital items, such as breast milk, across the County – 24 hours a day, every day. This service to the NHS is run for the people of Cornwall and the Scilly Isles, where the link is made from Penzance by plane. The riders also link with the Haematology Service riders from Bristol, via a point on the M5.

‘Most of the time, the patients never know,’ said Martijn, ‘and we are saving the NHS an estimated £200 to £300 every night.’ The entire service, the 80 riders on call, and the team who take the calls, connect with and keep track of the riders, is voluntary and costs are funded by donations from within Cornwall.

The bikes have to be maintained to the highest standard, which takes the major share of the budget. Clive said the 3 BMW bikes are their pride and joy, and have names such as ‘Spirit of Cornwall.’  As the small fleet was originally bought second-hand, the team was thrilled when, ‘thanks to the people of Cornwall,’ they took delivery of the first brand-new bike. However, when demand outstrips the number of bikes, these dedicated riders will use their own machines to provide this vital service.

The Police make no allowance for speeding, but the riders praised the helpfulness of other drivers who make way for the strikingly-marked bikes, complete with panniers holding the vital supplies, to pass through in dense traffic. ‘It’s fun riding on a summer evening,’ said Martijn, ‘but not so much on a wet night in winter.’

Clearly, the people of Cornwall have reason to be grateful to these dedicated ‘blood brothers’ who give so much of their time to helping the community.

Photo:  WI member Frances Michael tries out the latest ‘blood bike’ at the Tremayne Hall, Mylor Bridge.

 

CBB at The Royal Cornwall Show 2018

The Royal Cornwall Show is well and truly over for another year.
It’s time to reflect on CBB’s three days at this iconic highlight of the Cornish calendar year.
A very big heartfelt thank you to our volunteers James Forder (2 days), John Penlerick (3 days), Ian Butler (3 days), Jayne Penlerick (3 days) Geoff Crocker, Steve Mason & Tony Symons.

We have had the most wonderful time meeting so many of you and your families who have taken the time to stop by and learn about what we do.


To have all three of our BMW 1200 RT(p)s that have been purchased with the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall grant was very special.
“Spirit of Cornwall” proudly stayed for all 3 days on the Freemasonry of Cornwall stand.


We are absolutely delighted that the Province won third place at the show for best trade stand. They were congratulated for true interaction and communication with the public. Very well deserved for all their exceptional communications team and all the Freemasons in Cornwall who work so hard to support all deserving causes and charities like ourselves.


We had some very special visitors in the form of Mr. Stephen Pearn, Provincial Grand Master, Dawn Tame-Battell from our dear friend’s at Cornwall Hospice Care, BABA the Birth & Baby bear, with our NHS partners at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity who stopped by to say hello to our volunteers.
Thank you so much to all the nurses who took the time out of their day to pass on their sincere thanks to our CBB volunteer riders.
So all in all yes we are tired, but we would not change a single thing. 2018’s Show has been incredible!


Cornwall Blood Bikes strive to help our hospitals and hospices, and by the amount of people working in these environments that stopped by to say our riders are making a difference to patient care.


So signing off from #RCS18 with so many thank you’s especially to PGL Cornwall for their wonderful hospitality and generosity, but also our volunteers. A special thank you to our volunteers spouses who also helped with the pack down and any support that is needed. This is a true reflection of how we all receive such support from our families that enable us to do what we do.


Cornwall Blood Bikes are dedicated to serving the communities of Cornwall, but we cannot do it without your outstanding support.
Thank you to everyone we have had the pleasure of meeting over the last three days and for being beside us for every mile of our journey.
Best wishes to all those we have met and enjoyed the company of from all the team at Cornwall Blood Bikes Stand No: 172
We look forward to seeing you 6th-8th June 2019…..

Penadlake & Lethtyp open their grounds in aid of CBB

For the last eight years, Beth and Gordon Roberts at Penadlake, and Faith and Philip Hambly at Lethytep have joined together, in order to open their grounds to raise funds for medical charities.
On the 1st & 2nd June the gates of Lethtyp & Penadlake were open to around 400 visitors from all over the country. The weather was kind and the woodlands, lakes and wildflower meadows enchanted everyone with nature creating a stunning display for all to enjoy.
It was a most successful weekend and visitors could enjoy a cream tea or hot soup, all followed by a choice of cake.
There were many helpers, all of whom give freely of their time and culinary skills.
The lead for the catering was given by members of the two local churches (Connon Methodist and St Marnarch’s Anglican)
As well as enjoying the wonderful culinary delights, many visitors could not resist a photo opportunity on one of the Cornwall Blood Bikes impressive emergency fleet bikes. The days saw CBB volunteers Geoff, Terri, Dave, Paul, Alan, Julie, Ian, and Kevin greeting the public and explaining what CBB do as a charity.
The total raised over the two days was a magnificent sum of £4,814.00 with £200.00 donated to both the churches that assisted.
Faith & Philip Hambly & Gordon & Beth Roberts wish to acknowledge the many willing volunteers who gave their time and expertise, without their help these events would not be possible.
We truly cannot do without the wonderful support of people like Faith, Philip, Gordon & Beth and their great team of helpers.
£4414.00 is a fabulous sum of money with every single penny helping to keep the CBB wheels turning across Cornwall, and in turn help someone you may know and love

CBB supported once again by the Province of Cornwall

WHAT A REMARKABLE RESULT ONCE AGAIN, BY THE GENEROSITY OF FREEMASONS AND THE PROVINCE OF CORNWALL IN PARTICULAR

THE EVER POPULAR ANNUAL PROVINCIAL CHARITY DAY PROVES TO BE ANOTHER RESOUNDING SUCCESS.

AND 2018 IS NO EXCEPTION, AS £45334.60 IS DONATED LOCALLY IN JUST A FEW HOURS.

At the recent Annual Provincial Charity Day the staggering sum of £45,334.60 was donated to forty-five worthy and deserving Cornish Charities in a presentation that lasted just under two hours.

In the sweltering heat of a packed to capacity Lodge room at Newquay, representatives from forty-five local Cornish Charities were in attendance to receive yet further donations from those various Lodges across Cornwall, who were thrilled to be making presentations, from Bude to Penzance.

The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Stephen C Pearn along with various Lodge representatives and Lodge members made the presentations to their lucky recipients who were chosen or selected to receive these remarkable charity payments.

Ian Butler, CBB Fundraising Manager and Jayne Penlerick CBB PR Media Liaison were honoured to have been invited along to such a wonderful event and to meet with other organisations.

The vast majority of members within the Province of Cornwall have now donated almost £350,000 over the last eighteen months to help bolster funds and support local Cornish Charities within our local communities. We are so proud to help those in need or less fortunate than ourselves, an incredible effort by all concerned which just goes to show how special Freemasonry and the members of the #ProvincialGrandLodgeCornwall in particular are.

Ian and Jayne had chance to catch up with Right Worshipful Brother, The Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Cornwall, Mr Stephen. Pearne.

Ian’s mode of transport to this event was his very first outing on the “Spirit of Cornwall” which CBB had unveiled in spectacular style at our charity gala evening held in April, where Mr. Pearn and senior brethren from the Province of Cornwall had been in attendance to name and officially handover this magnificent machine.

Once it was realised the new bike was downstairs there was certainly great excitement amongst some of the brethren to get downstairs and view this magnificent beast, and the Provincial Grand Master could not resist another sit on the bike.

Ian & Jayne immensely enjoyed the ceremony and the hospitality shown to them and were humbled and astounded to receive a £500.00 cheque from the Province and a further £800.00 from St. Ann’s Chapel Lodge.

Thank you from all the volunteers at Cornwall Blood Bikes your support has been phenomenal and the Province Grand Lodge of Cornwall as an organisation has played a pivotal part in shaping the charities future.

 

 

VolunteersWeek, Our volunteers tell their story

Throughout #VolunteersWeek it was a time to share just a few stories of why our volunteers are driven to do what they do and why they chose to support Cornwall Blood Bikes.
Meet Ian Somers.
Ian joined the charity back in 2015 volunteering as an advanced fleet bike rider, on duty coordinator and fundraiser.
Ian could often be found for hours on end supporting fundraising events around the County. Ian took a little step back from the charity for family commitments last year but we were so delighted to welcome him back earlier this year.

Here is Ian’s story……

“Why I Volunteer”

“I always wanted to be a ‘Bloodrunner’ when I saw an article in a motorcycling magazine in the period between leaving nursing in the Army and going back into the NHS.
That was the name of one of the original Blood Bike Groups. I wanted to do this, because I know from first hand experience what its like to be in charge of a ward or the MIU in the middle of the night when I’ve had to call a doctor for an acutely ill patient needing blood or clinical chemistry investigations.

In “my day” there were only taxis to call on and the pressure to watch the spending on the ward budget was as great then as it is now.

Quite often the patient themselves would be transferred between hospitals if a number of samples were needed as it was cheaper than taxis but it was at the patients discomfort and more paperwork to do on the spur of the moment. I wish there had been blood bike volunteers when I was staff nurse so it makes sense to me help my former profession and make there life just little easier in giving this service as I know what pressure they are under and it is so much better for patients.”

A huge thank you to Ian for all the hours of commitment he has placed into the charity in his time with us, helping us support the wider communities of Cornwall.
Ian is only one amongst nearly 90 volunteers with similar stories.

Collections from May 2018