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.