Cornwall Blood Bikes were invited by South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) as an extended member of the emergency service family to join them in paying respect to one of their much loved paramedics, Joanne ‘Jo’ Dimelow, who died at her home in Perranporth on May 14. Jo’s sudden and untimely death was due to a ruptured brain aneurysm.
On Thursday 6th June one of Truro’s busiest streets fell silent as a large number of emergency service personnel and family members gathered outside Truro Cathedral as a procession took place, which involved Blood Bikers, police and ambulance motorbikes with a fly past and bow from Cornwall’s Air Ambulance.
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) colleagues formed a guard of honour at the entrance to the cathedral.
Jo had worked for the SWASFT since 2004 and at the time of her death, staff paid tribute to the popular Redruth student paramedic.
Our very own Andy Bellamy representing the entire CBB Committee and Trustees was joined by one of our original founder charity members Alan Chowings to represent the charity.
This story was featured in the local papers and Cornwall Live.
CBB received a wonderful e-mail quoted below about these riders who did Cornwall Blood Bikes proud as we knew they would:-
“Very many thanks to Cornwall Blood Bikes, for the valued support in the organisation and helping us to plan the funeral arrangements for Jo Dimelow, which went off like clockwork today.”
“Both we and the family really appreciated the support and exceptionally high standard of professionalism from Andy & Alan who did a great job, riding as companions to the funeral cortege.”