Nanstallon Methodist Group

On the morning of Saturday 22nd July the Charity was invited to meet members of the Nanstallon Methodist Group for a cheque presentation of £700 to the Blood Bikes that the group has been collecting over the year through various events such as Coffee Mornings. We were invited to the Group some weeks ago to share their Songs of Praise evening and gave the congregation a talk on the Charities function, what we do and how we do it.

Saturday morning was a coffee morning and an ideal time to meet more people. The cheque was presented by Beryl Trebilcock and Joy. I stupidly forgot to ask the ladies name sitting on the bike but she was on it within seconds.

I stayed for a little while for a coffee and a chat and to answer questions with abit more detail. There is always that chance that the talks and time spent explaining things will inspire others to raise money and get involved. It’s still staggering, the look on people’s faces when they discover what we do and that it’s for free.

This Charity will always make every effort to meet people who fundraise for it and discourage donations being sent by post.

Liskeard and Looe Round Table

On Monday 24th July the Charity was invited to meet members of the Liskeard & Looe Round Table 736 for a cheque presentation of £500 to the Blood Bikes. The Round Table approached us out of the blue wanting to support a local Cornish Charity.  We met in Looe with a Response Bike and had a had a chat about where the money will go and what our future plans are. This was completely out of the blue but they had decided to allot money to local Cornish Charities and we were one of them.
The tourists swarmed around the bike to see what was going on and get a close up.

The Round Table do several events during the year and a few of these are hosting and arranging the Liskeard’s and Looe’s Firework displays in November each year. They are also on a recruitment drive to get more members into the Round Table.

Jon Badge, Round Table Vice Chairman, handed over the cheque outside the Old Sail Loft & the Fish & Seafood Restaurants on the East Quay to Geoff Crocker and Rob Batten, CBB volunteer riders with Ian Butler behind the camera…again.

We discourage the sending of donations through the post so that we can make every effort to meet the people and organisations that raise money for us.

Ian Butler

Masonic Lodge Pheonix 331 Donate to Cornwall Blood Bikes

Sunday 23rd July, the Cornwall Blood Bikes were invited to join in the celebrations at the Penmorvah Hotel for the 300th Anniversary of the Masonic organisation. Jayne and I asked Andy Bellamy and his wife Tanya to attend and they had a great time. The Charity was the guests of Mr Delme Willis, who is the Grand Master of Perranporth Lodge.

The food at The Penmorvah was excellent and cooked to perfection. The assembled Ladies and Gentlemen of the Masons Phoenix Lodge (331) held a raffle with many “liquid” prizes and the occasional special prize such as jewellery and decanter sets. There were about 6 or 7 tables in all with 8 people round each one and everyone had a good laugh at the prize giving.

Andy was asked by Delme to give a short talk about Cornwall Blood Bikes, which although he hadn’t prepared for, was well received and I’m told, flowed well and was informative. To add icing to the cake (so as to speak), out of the blue, Delme presented him with a cheque for Cornwall Blood Bikes of £500 which was gratefully accepted with many thanks to all assembled.
The money was raised from the raffle contributions and topped up from Delme’s official Lodge fund.

We really have made an impression with these people and they have taken our charity in. Thank you to them and we hope to do more with them in the future.
Ian Butler

Collections From June 2017

St Mary’s Lead Works supports Cornwall Blood Bikes

It is always amazing and humbling of the innovative ways that people find to raise funds for us and this one has a family link to our charity.
One of our Volunteer Rider’s Geoff Crocker, his son decided that there was a different way of keeping our wheels turning.
Lee Crocker Managing Director of StMary’s Lead Works of Liskeard, and his manager Simon Putt has been selling off paving slabs at a £1 per slab over the last 6 months at their firm.
He has just handed over a cheque for the fantastic sum of £435.00 to Cornwall Blood Bikes.
Lee also very generously sponsored a fuel card for our fleet bikes for the East region of Cornwall for the past seven and a half months.
Pictured above are Lee Crocker ( Left) and Simon Putt.
All at Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to extend our heartfelt thanks as every penny goes back into the charity to allow us to continue delivering our service to our NHS partners across Cornwall.

We Need Your Votes

Cornwall Blood Bikes needs your votes to receive £25,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation

Cornwall Blood Bikes  is appealing to all its friends, supporters and service users to vote online to help them receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons.

As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, and Cornwall Blood Bikes is one of those selected.

Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000.

Those who want to vote should visit the MCF website mcf.org.uk/vote, select the Cornwall page and vote for the charity of their choice. The voting period is from Monday, 12 June until Monday, 31 July.

Masonic Charity Afternoon Presentation

Launceston Steam Vintage Rally 2017

This last week end the charity was invited to attend the Launceston Steam Vintage Rally 2017 for the first time as their primary charity.

We set up on Saturday morning in the pouring rain and mist but the day turned out to be lovely. The 3-day event drew in crowds of people and as part of the proceedings we spoke to the visitors via microphone about the charity and what it does.

The Mini Moto was a great success again although the siren needs quietening slightly. The fleet bike drew huge interest as its sometime the closest that people get to that type of motorcycle. These events are always a good proving ground to iron out any problems and progress our processes and this one was no different.

Special thanks go to Con for his singular efforts on Saturday, always the professional. The event finished with Dids and I showing the visitors around the Bike 6, entertaining the children with the blue lights and making some very interesting friends showing more than a passing interest in long term funding so we will continue contact with them.

Thanks to all the volunteers who turned up to make the event flow so well. Here’s hoping that the relationship with the Rally organisers continues and grows stronger.

Ian Butler

Clique Customs

On Saturday 20th May, Cornwall Blood Bikes were invited to an official shop opening in Truro.

Clique Customs is a lovely shop on Kenwyn Street that sells branded motorcycle clothing, helmets, accessories and also builds 125 motorcycles to order.

Andy and Tom made us very welcome although the weather was grim. In attendance were Dids, Brendan Steve Moss and myself. Martijn went in the evening after walk. I took Bike 6 down to the opening to show it off and help raise awareness. As predicted, it got stacks of attention from passers-by.

It was lovely to be involved and considered to assist in this way. Clique Customs are going to run other events and CBB will be the recipients which is fantastic. Tom and Andy have already been very generous on Social Media posting all over Facebook.

We are looking forward to work with them again in the near future.

Ian Butler

Collections from May 2017