It is not very often that snow hits us this far west but at the end of February saw the “Beast from the East” hit us bringing firstly bitterly cold arctic conditions and then something we very rarely see, snow!
Our fleet manager John Penlerick and Chair James Forder along with the committee took the decision to ground all CBB operational fleet bikes as temperatures plummeted to reports in some areas of -5 degrees.
This was when our Cornwall blood Bikes fleet van came into it’s own. This van was able to be purchased through a grant the charity was awarded as part of the Aviva Community Fund Awards back in April 2017. The public got behind us and we were voted Aviva Community Award Winners.
The fully liveried van is a regular sight to be seen up and down the county attending steam rallies, country fairs, and other fundraising events with our gazebo and all the bells and whistles to meet the public.
But at the end of February with all fleet bikes grounded, the van allowed us to take emergency calls enabling our free courier service to continue to our hospitals and hospices across Cornwall.
A big thank you to every single member of the public that voted for us, it has made such a difference but also a thank you must go to our volunteers that pulled together as a superb team in very challenging weather conditions, enabling our wheels to turn, albeit this time on four wheels.