As the 2019 Royal Cornwall Show kicked off its first day the CBB charity stand had some very special visitors in the form of those Smile-Raising, Song-Singing, Kernow-Loving, Cornish Beauties that are our very dear friends from Oll and Gwella.
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.
Their first CD they donated the profits to “The Cove” Cancer centre in Truro, and similar donations have followed to various charities within Cornwall.
Cornwall Blood Bikes were fortunate enough to be Oll an Gwella’s nominated charity for 2018, performing & fundraising in all locations across Cornwall , and presenting a fabulous cheque as part of our CBB gala evening with donations made from their current CD “All the Best”.
Last year at the 2018 RCS show proved to be exceptionally special for this great group of guys as their dear friend Andy Pappin came back for his first and final public performance. Andy was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and if being diagnosed with cancer was not bad enough, Andy suffered a horrific RTC leaving him completely debilitated.
With the support of his family, friends, and his band of brothers of Oll an Gwella, travelling great distances to support their friend, Andy made huge progress.
Andy had several wishes from his hospital bed, and one of which was to get back to singing & performing with Oll an Gwella.
Andy, an extremely proud Cornishman returned to his beloved Cornwall, and his wish was granted to be back performing with his great friends.
In May last year he was told that the cancer had returned, and it was terminal, but Andy carried on dealing with everything with great courage and dignity.
Cornwall Blood Bikes are extremely privileged that one of Andy’s first performances back together as a group, was in front of the CBB stand at The Royal Cornwall Show, which was incredibly special. Andy’s journey sadly came to an end in July 2018
In honour of the tremendous support that our charity has been given we asked in September 2018 if they would like the opportunity to name one of our operational fleet bikes, they did and “Andy yw an Gwella” proudly joined our fleet which means Andy was the best!
So on Thursday 6th June these wonderful silver topped gentleman joined us once again for a few of their wondrous songs and entertainment and they were reunited with their friend Andy, as the group formed around our operational fleet bike “Andy yw an Gwella” in honour of Andy. We did not realise however that our very own Dave Trudgeon was hiding a talent, we knew Dave was an exceptional fleet bike rider but he excelled himself with singing and dancing with our friends from Oll and Gwella. As the songs came to an end Rob Spowart stepped forward to give an impromptu speech, they had been selling their CDs with all profits to CBB as well as spreading their particular brand of entertainment in all locations across Cornwall.
CBB volunteers Dave, Jayne and John stepped forward as the giant cheque was unveiled to reveal an outstanding sum of £4,000.00
This amount is truly exceptional and we are lost for words and truly humbled at the phenomenal support that we have received from what we describe as some of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet.
Thank you really does not seem to be enough, as Oll an Gwella keep our wheels turning across our fabulous County of Cornwall.
If you would like to know more about Oll and Gwella please visit their website:- http://ollangwella.co.uk or to buy their CD All The Best