Cornwall Blood Bikes epic Charity Gala Evening

Someone once said “Time flies over us, and leaves it’s shadow behind”

On Friday 6thApril 2018 Cornwall Blood Bikes played host to a spectacular fundraising gala evening at The Alverton Hotel, Truro.


As the guests arrived their first image was of on duty advanced fleet bike riders Paul Thomas, and Burt Reynolds on standby location outside the Alverton ready to take a call for the evening before being welcomed by CBB charities hosts Ian Butler Fundraising Manager and Jayne Penlerick CBB PR Media Liaison.

Among the guests present for the evening were representatives from NHS partners across Cornwall, Cornwall Hospice Care, their colleagues from their fellow blood bike group Freewheelers EVS who they liaise closely with to courier urgent time critical sample to specialist laboratories at Filton, Bristol.

Local Cornish businesses Snazzy Balloons, Say It With Lights,  DJ In Cornwall and the events team from The Alverton Hotel along with Ian and Jayne had worked tirelessly throughout the day to create a stunning background and atmosphere.

Guests were treated to a truly memorable evening of entertainment from some of the best in the west such as the a capella choir group Oll an Gwella with their fabulous Cornish sounds, people were totally captivated by the magic of Lewis Belcher, whilst enjoying a three course dinner you can enjoy and indulge on Roger Miners event pianist on the baby grand piano. After dinner the grand charity auction took place in the capable hands of Rob North from local Cornish Business Edward Buckland Ltd.

The evening raised a great total of £2,995.00

Jayne Penlerick quoted “CBB were truly honoured to welcome all our guests to the evening, and the support was truly humbling”

“We would like to send a big heartfelt thank you to anyone that supported us in any single way, as we could not have done it without you”

Also present were very special guests in the form of one unique organisation, The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall

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Cornwall Blood Bikes were nominated alongside five other deserving Cornish charities and the public of Cornwall got behind us for every mile of our journey.

It was announced in September 2017 that CBB had been awarded the highest grant of £25,000.

With this money for the first time in the charities history we have been able to purchase our very first brand new BMW 1200 RT(p)

A very long way away from the charities humble beginnings that CBB chairman James Forder, and vice chairman Stephan Mellows along with our stalwart founder volunteers were a part of.

That Friday evening was a true celebration of working relationships, and also for two completely separate but very unique organisations that have come together to unite as one and achieved the perfect result.

The charities brand new bike was unveiled and named by The Provincial Grand Master for The Province of Cornwall, Mr Stephen Pearn and the keys handed over to CBB Chairman James Forder in spectacular style under a cloud of exploding balloons, with both representatives from CBB and The Province of Cornwall.

“The Spirit of Cornwall” has been welcomed into our fleet and went operational the very next day to serve the people and communities of Cornwall.

Without the help from The Province of Cornwall none of this would have been possible and it has been a true honour and pleasure to work alongside each other over the last six months.

The biggest heartfelt thank you to The Province, and the public of Cornwall for being beside us for every mile of our journey”.

The photograph features L-R

CBB fleet bike rider Martijn Huddlestone, CBB fleet bike rider Andrew Bellamy, CBB PR Media Liasion Jayne Penlerick, CBB Fleet Manager John Penlerick, CBB Vice Chairman Stephan Mellows, CBB Chairman James Forder, CBB Membership Secretary Brendan Hale, CBB fleet bike rider Tim Cookman,  The Provinicial Grand Master Mr Stephen Pearn, The Provincial Grand Charity Steward MR Mike Pritchard, Deputy Provincial Grand Master Mr. Peter Roberts, CBB Fleet bike rider Ian Prout.






Cornwall Blood Bikes continue to give talks throughout Cornwall

Cornwall Blood Bikes and our volunteers love spreading the awareness of what we do as a charity and how we provide our service to our NHS partners across Cornwall, delivering and collecting from hospitals and hospices across the Southwest.
Because we operate out of hours the work can go largely unnoticed and when we get the chance to explain our workings the general public seem to be fascinated by our organisation and the fact that it is all for free and run entirely by volunteers who really do go the extra mile.
On March the 28th one of our volunteer advanced fleet bike riders Clive Addington went along to Four Lanes Wednesday Club to give a presentation about our charity.
As always he was made very welcome and treated with great hospitality.
The members seemed very interested in our role and numerous took the opportunity to sit on one of the fleet bikes for a photo opportunity.
The club had a collection at the end and also donated the proceeds from the fee charged for the photos.
On behalf of the charity we would like to offer our warm thanks to the group.
Clive was a bit worried about being joint arbiter of the Easter bonnet competition, but no harm seemed to be done!

The Oarsome Foursome’s incredible challenge for CBB

Back in July 2017 CBB’s fundraising manager Ian Butler and CBB PR Media Liaison Jayne Penlerick headed way down West for a special meeting and met with Bird Watts, and Mo O’Brien (Mother & Daughter). To say Ian and Jayne were astounded by what they heard was an understatement.

Bird & Mo are part of a team along with Linda Whittaker, & Claire Allison.
These four Cornish ladies “The Oarsome Foursome” who are hoping to take part in the Talisker Whisky Altalntic Challenge raising money and awareness for Cornwall Blood Bikes.

This is a 3,000 mile row in a small compact ocean rowing boat which will be their “home” for 3 months while at sea.
They leave from La Gomera in December 2019 and finish in Antigua hopefully in March 2020.

Bird told us “ Although there were and are many deserving causes, we really wanted to do something that would specifically benefit our own County. We heard of Cornwall Blood Bikes through word of mouth, we hadn’t heard of them before and it seem their work can go largely unnoticed by many of the general public.
Our aim is to raise money and awareness to support this wonderful charity and to enable them to continue their fabulous work, any one of our family or friends that could need them for their help”
And so their exciting adventure begins……

These ladies so far have put in a tremendous effort and are undergoing intense physical training as well as the wonderful energy that they have thrown into their fundraising efforts. So far they have secured some sponsorship, held cake stalls, grand raffles, and you will see them at supermarkets near to you very soon again this Summer.
Please take a look a look at the Oarsome Foursomewebsite, Facebook & Instagram feeds to keep up to date with all their news, they need all our support as they take on this incredible challenge.

Ladies, from all at CBB you truly are awesome!

Collections from March 2018

Cornwall Blood Bikes & “The Beast from the East”

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.

Collections from February 2018

Cornwall Blood Bikes attend Girl Guide Thinking Day

On Saturday 17th February 2018 Cornwall Blood Bikes was invited to attend a ‘Thinking Day’ for approximately 100 Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides in Helston by Samantha and Imogen Goldsworthy. It formed part of their learning concerning volunteers throughout the county.

The concept of the idea was to get the girls thinking about all the wonderful charities and volunteer organisations throughout the county, and understanding what their roles are and what they do.

Steve Richards and Ian Butler  took along two of our marked fleet bikes to not only explain what CBB does, but to show them what is the main focal point of our charity and as expected, they were quite the attraction. Altogether, there were three charities that turned up and held workshops with the girls.

Steve and Ian explained how to the girls how we get called and who by, where we go to pick up and deliver what we carry and some of the diverse cargo’s that we carry for our NHS Partners and Hospices throughout Cornwall.

It was an unmitigated success and we have offered our attendance next year if they run a similar event.

This sort of event inspires the volunteers of the future and in our case, the possible volunteers that may one day replace us. By engaging with the public at these events, we get the CBB awareness factor out there which is as important if not more than fundraising.

Quite unexpectedly, we were presented with a handmade card and a donation of £100 which we have properly thanked them for, and their welcome on the day.


Collections from January 2018

Longreach House supports Cornwall Blood Bikes

Public spirited staff at Longreach House based at The Camborne Redruth Community Hospital recently got together and organised a fundraising event in support of Cornwall Blood Bikes, and their efforts raised an impressive £525.

Liz Hodge, Diagnostic Technician at Camborne Redruth County Hospital and one of the organisers said, “Cornwall Blood Bikes are a great organisation and very deserving of our support, relying solely on donations they provide such an important service to the NHS and our patients.”

Debbie Doody, Domestic Support Worker helped Liz with the organising and fund raising which was all done in their own time, and they raised a total of £525 by organising a bring and buy and cake sale.

The cheque was presented to our very own volunteer fleet bike rider Mr Steve Richards representing Cornwall Blood Bikes, Steve said, “On behalf of Cornwall Blood Bikes I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in this fundraising campaign, your generous contribution is much appreciated.”

The presentation took place at Longreach House in Redruth.

Mike Marshall, Associate Director for Mental Health Inpatients and Targeted Countywide Specialist Services at Cornwall Foundation Trust said, “I would like to offer my congratulations to both Liz and Debbie for their outstanding fundraising efforts in support of a very worthwhile cause. They have both given up lots of their own time to raise this money and should be congratulated for their dedication to this cause.​”

“We all recognise that this organisation operates throughout Cornwall and beyond offering a vital service that clearly saves lives and we are all thrilled to be able to support them.”

On behalf of Cornwall Blood Bikes we would like to say that we are honoured to be able to provide the service we do to Longreach House, and your support is very much appreciated by us all.

Photograph from left to right

Back row: Will Carter-Esdale (Junior Doctor), Leanne Griffin (Ward Manager), Will Fearnley (Ward Manager)

Middle row: Lucy Baguley (Inpatient Administrator), Karen Tredrea (Deputy Inpatient Administrator), Lynn Willis (General Service Assistant)

Front Row: Steve Richards (Cornwall Blood Bikes), Liz Hodge (Diagnostic Technician), Deborah Doody (Domestic Support Worker).










CBB Top Fundraisers of 2017

On Wednesday 6th December we celebrated the fantastic work and winners of Cornwall Blood Bikes Top Speakers 2017 but one very important aspect of our work is of course to fundraise to keep our wheels turning.
Some of our volunteers stand for hours in all winds and weathers, sometimes very cold and wet all to raise awareness and support the members of the public and organisations that are so kindly fundraising on our behalf.
Without these dedicated individuals who give up so much time, the Fundraising PR team simply could not do what they do.
So this was our sincere thank you to each of them for their time, dedication, professionalism and commitment.

The Top 20 fundraisers all receiving a certificate, with the top 5 an engraved pen and the winner receiving an engraved 2017 trophy.
They were all presented by our Vice Chair Stephan Mellows

The Top 20 Fundraisers of 2017 were:-

• 1st John Penlerick
• 2nd Brendan Hale
• 3rd Lee Allen
• 4th Dave Trudegon
• 5th Martijn Huddlestone
• 6th Dids Reeve
• 7th Geoff Crocker
• 8th Andrew Bellamy
• 9th Paul Thomas
• 10th Alan Moss
• 11th Dave Read
• 12th Graham Rees
• 13th Con Dowding
• 14th Jeremy Fallowes
• 15th Clive Addington
• 16th Rob Batten
• 17th Mac Court
• 18th Len McMurrow
• 19th Rob Lye
• 20th Stephen Mason

Thank you to each and every one of you for your time and dedication that is given to fundraising on behalf of the charity, it is very much appreciated.