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.

“Andy yw an Gwella” Returns To Our Fleet Once Again

We might have mentioned that last night CBB volunteers were heading way down West to join our special friends Oll an Gwella but we also mentioned we had a little surprise. 

Oll an Gwella (meaning “All the Best” in Cornish) has evolved into an entertaining, rehearsed, a cappella male chorus. All members of Newquay Male Voice Choir, the (up to 11-man) group has a choral repertoire of over 100 songs including shanties, Cornish folk, 1960s classics plus seasonal & sacred music. 
They entertain for pleasure and raise thousands of pounds for charity including voluntary, charity and community groups.
Cornwall Blood Bikes were fortunate enough to have been a nominated charity of Oll an Gwella’s performing & fundraising in all locations across Cornwall raising outstanding amounts to enable us to keep our fleet bikes on the road. 

CBB volunteers have always had the most wonderful time supporting this band of beauties, and as our way of thanking them approached them last September 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 last year and, as a tribute to his memory the new bike was named “Andy yw an Gwella” which means “Andy, is the best”.  
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. 

So last September at Newquay beer festival the bike was named and was welcomed into our fleet serving the people of Cornwall.
In July this year however one of our volunteer riders was unfortunately involved in a road traffic collision.
Thankfully our rider was unhurt, but BMW 3 our
“Andy yw an Gwella “ was a complete write off.
Machinery is replaceable but our volunteers are priceless, and our rider was extremely lucky so someone was looking after him and we would like to believe that “Andy” was doing his job. 

Oll an Gwella have held a variety of events over the summer in aid of CBB and were ending their season last night at The Tinners Arms, Zennor
As always our volunteers Jayne, John, and Brian turned out to support them, but so did our advanced fleet rider Dave Trudgeon (Mr T) accompanied by a very special surprise guest – a new to us BMW R 1200 RTP obtained from our fellow blood bike group all liveried up proudly bearing 
BMW 3 “Andy yw an Gwella” 

Kevin (Andy’s brother) was also present, and as these Cornish beauties gathered around the bike once again we have to admit it was a little emotional. 

The committee would like to extend their sincere thanks to John as our CBB fleet manager who has worked tirelessly since the accident sorting out all manner of things bike related, especially the acquiring of a replacement BMW 3 which arrived in the County on Tuesday. 
Alongside John he has had his merry band of helpers in the form of Paul T, Tim C, and Trudge as well as the superb work of Martijn and his team at  Ocean BMW Bikes Falmouth and Matt and his team at Mill Signs Ltd.
We would also like to say a very big thank you to them all for their time and dedication. 

To some of us the last few weeks have looked like a logistical nightmare of all manner of bikes being moved here, there and everywhere, but we let John get on with it as he knew exactly what he was doing!

Andy spent his entire life doing what he could to help people, and giving back to the community and was also a keen biker..
All the volunteers at CBB are so delighted that 
“Andy yw an Gwella” is once again a member of our fleet operational across Cornwall, in turn serving the people, hospitals and hospices at the heart of our community and Andy’s memory will continue to live on.

RNAS Culdrose AED Generously Donate

Back in July Cornwall Blood Bikes were very kindly invited along to RNAS Culdrose to the Air Engineering Departments Family Day. We had been the AED nominated charity of the year and because there was quite a few bikers on their section then they felt it seemed very apt to support the biking world of blood bikers.

So on the 30th July our very own John Penlerick and Paul Thomas headed to RNAS Culdrose for the families day, although our impressive BMW RTPs seemed very insignificant compared to their Merlin helicopters.

It was a fabulous day with much to see and do for the families, it is always great to catch up with friends & supporters of the charity in the form of the super talented Jenny Marquis from Brush Strokes Body Art & Face Painting and a selfie or two was taken!

Around lunchtime there was a very special presentation when members of RNAS Culdrose AED presented Cornwall Blood Bikes with a cheque for £713.41, the monies of which had been raised from two events. CBB were picked as the Mess’s chosen charity for Dinner which commemorated the Falklands Conflict, as such all donations associated with the dinner were given by mess members and Falklands veterans. Additionally the base said goodbye to two long standing Mess members who were dined out in the mess after 38 & 35 years of naval service, proceeds from that event were also chosen to be gifted to Blood Bikes.

Additionally after the families day a further £227.30 was donated from the RNAS AED Department making a grand total of £940.71 a truly phenomenal amount for our purely volunteer run charity.

We would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all the team of the Air Engineering Department based at RNAS Culdrose for their outstanding hospitality shown to our volunteers on the day and this most generous donation.

The Mess Vice President quoted:- ” The work that blood bikers do is very much appreciated by Mess Members here at RNAS Culdroseand it is our pleasure to donate such monies which will help you keep doing the important work you do”

CBB Visit Roche YFC

At the end of June Cornwall Blood Bikes were kindly invited to pop along and give a talk to the Roche & District Young Farmers Club. This great group of people had nominated CBB at the end of last year as one of their chosen charities and many fundraising events were organised. In the lead up to Christmas our very own on duty rider Peter Wyper paid their Christmas Fayre a visit and our BMW R1200 RTP drew a bit of attention for photo opportunities.

Many other events have been held such as a talent show, and bingo to name a few. On the night we sent along our very own advanced fleet bike rider Mr John Green. John gave a detailed talk about our charity from all aspects of our GMP sample handing with NICE guidelines to how we operate our free charity service to the Counties hospitals and hospices, in turn saving the NHS in Cornwall in excess of £250,000 a year. John spoke in detail about what we carry in terms of blood, stem cells, pathology samples, medication, breast milk and much more

The evening culminated in everyone outside on a lovely Cornish summer evening to see one of our biggest assets – our BMW R1200 RTPs, as the groups gathered around the bike, John was presented with a cheque by Roche & District Young Farmers for a wonderful amount of £1,000.00 simply incredible!

John quoted: “It was an absolute pleasure to attend the evening and talk about our charity but to presented with the cheque was phenomenal a very big thank you to everyone involved in Roche YFC and for supporting Cornwall Blood Bikes- simply superb!”

Cornish Mini Club Generously Donate

At the beginning of May you would have found a blood bike or two based at Pentewan Sands Holiday Park as we were invited to attend the Cornish Mini Club Riviera Run 2019. It was an action packed weekend especially for our on duty rider “Mr Mark” who covered 300 operational miles on duty in one day. The Riviera Run brought many features for both classic and BMW minis with trade stands, demonstrations, drive in movies and all culminating with the Riviera Cruise to Land’s End on the Sunday where they were met by CBB volunteers.

As Cornwall Blood Bikes were attending the Wadebridge Wheels 2019, our volunteers led by CBB Fundraising Manager Ian Butler, Mr T, Graham Rees, and Jayne Penlerick were invited to join the CMC stand to accept a cheque from the group for an outstanding £1,000.00

We never cease to be humbled when organisations and groups take the trouble to work so hard on our behalf to raise money and donate money which truly does keep our wheels turning. All money raised in Cornwall stays in Cornwall and every single penny goes back onto our fleet of eleven BMW R1200 RTPs.

Thank you to every single person that helped in anyway from all the volunteers at Cornwall Blood Bikes.

Thank You St Day Line Dancers

A very big thank you to St Day Line Dancers for their most generous donation of £300.00 which was presented on the 9th July when our Cornwall Blood Bike Fleet Manager was invited to pop along to their weekly session of dance. Word has it he was invited to take to the floor but graciously declined.

John was joined on the night by Karen from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity who also received £300.00 for the Neonatal Unit at The Royal Cornwall Hospital. Karen spoke about some of the recent purchases for the Neonatal Units including iPads to allow the unit team to record baby diaries. These will allow parents to see regular updates and photos of they baby particularly if they unable to be on the unit- a real comfort, at what can be a particular difficult and stressful time.

It was a true pleasure to meet this lovely group of people, who were so friendly and a big thank you for their hospitality to both their guests, it was incredible to hear that this group have made over £50,000 of donations to local charities over the years!

A very big thank you to everyone involved from the St Day Line Dancers, for us as a charity it is an incredible donation and interestingly enough very poignant in the fact that CBB do a lot to assist the Neonatal Unit at RCHT when we quite regularly relay donor breast milk into the County from the donor bank at Southmead, Bristol for neonatal babies. Thank you for keeping our wheels turning and allowing us to work in alongside our NHS partners.

Duchy Capri Club Generously Donate

The 1st July saw our on duty advanced fleet bike rider Mark Horscroft accompanied by our CBB Fleet Manager John Penlerick, head for Tricky’s Redruth to meet members of the Duchy Capri Club. The club based in Cornwall is for enthusiasts of the Ford Capri and Classic Fords which meet each month.

We were kindly invited to attend a cheque presentation which had culminated from the Duchy Classic Ford Show which was held on the 19th May at Trevornick Holiday Park, Newquay. This classic Ford show sees over 140 classic Fords on display.

Our volunteers attended this on a fabulous day where the Cornish weather was on everyone’s side, where we showed off our BMW 1200 RTPs and met so many people and were given the opportunity to raise awareness of our free charity service to our hospitals and hospices.

The night of the presentation saw a backdrop of very impressive and much loved Ford Capri’s as our BMW 1200 RTP and our volunteers were invited to step forward to receive from Mark Roberts and other club members a phenomenal amount of £1,000.00

This is an incredible amount to receive and will do so much to keep our wheels turning and in turn improve patient care within Cornwall and bring that care closer to home.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone from Duchy Capri Club for all their hard work to produce a good show as always.

Cornwall Blood Bike Volunteers Are Winners

Just before Christmas Cornwall Blood Bikes were nominated in the Devon & Cornwall Police Awards. 

The Devon & Cornwall Police Awards are organised to maximise the opportunities for Specials, volunteers and cadets to support local neighbourhoods in building strong and cohesive communities. These awards are to recognise and value the contribution volunteers make to support the delivery of both policing services and connectivity within the wider community.
It was quite a nomination process, in which all aspects of our charity had to be outlined, examples of stories with examples which demonstrated the outstanding nature of the nomination and how our charity helps the wider community.

At the beginning of April we were informed that we were through to the finals and then a confirmation e-mail arrived to say that the nomination submitted was considered by the Devon & Cornwall Police Award Panel and they were delighted to inform us that our team of Cornwall Blood Bikes had been awarded Highly Commended in the Community Spirit Category. 

Because such a limited number could attend, then the opportunity was given for all Iron Butt Winners for the last 12 months to put their name into a hat to attend the evening on the 4th June at St Mellion International Resort, Saltash. 

The evening saw ten attendees headed by our CBB Vice Chair Jayne Penlerick, Fundraising Manager & Rider Ian Butler, Fleet Manager John Penlerick, Membership Secretary & Rider Brendan Hale, Trustee & Rider Paul Thomas, Trustee & Rider Andy Bellamy, Rider Len McMurrow, Rider Brian Reynolds, and Rider Peter Wyper

It was a fantastic evening where every aspect of public sector and police professionalism were celebrated from many “in house” awards honouring police support, police cadets, young volunteers, special constables, to the more public sector of the police & crime commissioners award, community spirit awards and the Chief Constables award.

Cornwall Blood Bikes sat and listened to the citation read out by Devon & Cornwall Police’s Superintendent Jacqui Hawley and our team were then invited up onto the stage to accept our award from Alison Hernandez, Devon & Cornwall’s Police & Crime Commissioner. 

After the award ceremony we had chance to chat and mingle with all other attendees, and we were approached by the Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer, who commended us all for our professionalism.

CBB were also highly commended for our riding standards and the standards shown at our dear friend Burt Reynolds funeral as we had the honour of escorting him on his final ride.

This award is for ALL our riders that ride in all winds and weathers, show such dedication and commitment with the ultimate professionalism, our advanced riders do not only do our charity CBB proud, but blood bikers up and down the country proud.

As a charity committee we cannot thank the riders enough for what they do and really going the extra mile, they make the charity what it is and without them we would have nothing.

This award is exactly why our moto will always say “Riding For Life” it demonstrates not only our pure commitment to our NHS partners but the dedicated professional high standard of riding displayed, and passion for promoting good road safety and a positive image of motorcycling at all times.