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.

CBB Top Speakers of 2017

As we all at CBB approached the Christmas season and we prepared to go operational 24 hours to our hospitals and hospices over the Christmas weekend.
It was time to reflect on the last 12 months and on Wednesday 6th December CBB held a Christmas Meeting for all our volunteers with refreshments, gifts and cards for all.
The Fundraising/ PR Media team wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to all those volunteers who really do go the extra mile to cover events and talks.
It was difficult as we are all cogs in a very big wheel giving our contribution to make our charity work.
The biggest area of course is riding but in order to ride, we as a charity need to fundraise, in order for people to kindly fundraise on our behalf they need to know about our work.
Giving talks to groups and organisations across Cornwall is probably one of the most important aspects of what we do.
We decided to award the Top 10 speakers of 2017, all receiving a certificate, then the Top 5 receiving an engraved pen, and the top speaker receiving an engraved trophy.
They were all presented by our Vice Chair Stephan Mellows

The Top 10 Speakers of 2017 are: –

• 1st  Brendan Hale
• 2nd John Penlerick
• 3rd Andrew Bellamy
• 4th Geoff Crocker
• 5th Mark Holroyd
• 6th Dave Trudgeon
• 7th John Green
• 8th Mac Court
• 9th Martijn Huddlestone
• 10th Tony Symons.

Thank you to each of you for all your time, dedication and commitment.


BloodBike meets Bloodhound

Who wants to put bets on the fastest ½ mile?
We wouldn’t.

A huge thank you to the staff and crew of the phenomena that is The Bloodhound Project who kindly invited volunteers from Cornwall Blood Bikes to have a look at the next awesome vehicle to attempt a 1000mph Land Speed Record. Bloodhound SSC had been at Cornwall Newquay Airport slow speed testing.
A viable new mode of transport for CBB???
We don’t think so.
In fact, the only thing in common between a Blood Bike and Bloodhound is that we share the colour orange.

To be near such an iconic piece of technology, meet the team including driver Andy Green and share in the excitement was truly an honour.
We do share one other thing, we are both pushing the boundaries of our organisations and always striving for better.

A very big thank you must go to our very own CBB Volunteer Fleet Bike rider Brendan Hale making this all possible.
Photographed below: – Andy Green Bloodhound SSC Driver, CBB volunteer Fleet Bike rider Ian Butler, Jess Kingsman, CBB volunteer Fleet Bike rider Brendan Hale & Martyn Davidson – Bloodhound SSC Operations Director.

Cape Cornwall Golf Captain donates to CBB

Back in February 2017 volunteers from Cornwall Blood Bikes headed way down West to what is the most Westerly Golf club which has had it’s course described as quirky and challenging in a stunning location.

The volunteers were there to meet Geoff Preece as he took over captaincy of Cape Cornwall Golf Club.

Geoff became Captain and adopted Cornwall Blood Bikes as his charity of the year and embarked on a year of fundraising for us.

Geoff has had a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, which have included quiz nights, race nights and his Captains day in August at the club.

On Friday 12th January Geoff stepped down as Captain after his twelve months serving at Cape Cornwall Golf Club, and volunteers from the charity were invited to be his guests.

It was most enjoyable evening in which Geoff presented the charity with a cheque for an incredible £2894.00

All at Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to express their sincere heartfelt thanks to Geoff for his incredible hard work and effort that has gone into fundraising on our behalf this past twelve months.. Thanks must also go to his wife Lindy who has supported him in his efforts, and Cape Cornwall Golf Club.

It is purely the generosity of the communities across Cornwall that keep our wheels turning, and without people like Geoff we cannot do what we do.


The photograph shows Geoff and Lindy Preece presenting the cheque to CBB Volunteer & Fleet Manager John Penlerick at the presentation evening at the club.



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Collections from December 2017

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Collections from November 2017

£1756.62 raised at The Lost Gardens of Heligan Chosen Charities Days

Earlier last year, one of our volunteer fleet bike riders, Brendan Hale approached the visitor services manager during a visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and explained about our charity Cornwall Blood Bikes and the work we do in the county.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are always open to nominations to become a ‘chosen charity’ for the year.

They also seek staff nominations and they had an unprecedented response so they felt the fairest way to choose was to put us all in a hat!

The good news was that together with People & Gardens, Cornwall Air Ambulance and Beth’s Inspiration we were selected to be one of their charities from the charities days that were held on Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Unfortunately the weather on Boxing Day was certainly not conducive to people wanting to walk around the gardens, but Brendan found the support of a friendly robin for company.

But on New Years day the sun shone and everyone must have wanted to walk away their January Blues and a wonderful day ensued, which saw the attendance of our volunteers Brendan Hale, Dids Reeve, Mark Holroyd and John Green.   We had a fabulous couple of days, and for us raising our awareness of what we do and how we do it, is equally as important.

On New Years day our volunteer Mark had some very special visitors, a couple of children who had been directly helped by CBB.

A phenomenal amount was raised totalling £1756.62

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the team at The Lost Gardens of Heligan for choosing to support our charity and for the welcome we received by staff and visitors alike.

The incredible amount raised will go along way in helping our charity provide our service to the hospitals and hospices throughout Cornwall.


Collection Day for CBB on Cornish Pirates Match Day

On Sunday 3rd December, a match day collection was very kindly organised by The Rotary Club of Penzance and was held when the Cornish Pirates played The Bedford Blues at the Pirates home ground at The Mennaye Field, Penzance

It was a very cold but dry day, which saw CBB Volunteers Martijn Huddlestone, Mark Holroyd, (with our marked fleet bikes) John Penlerick & Jayne Penlerick join up with the rotarians to walk around the match ground chatting to the spectators.

It was a great afternoon which realised the fantastic sum of £540-71 for Cornwall Blood Bikes.

The collection was not only worthy financially but also provided an important opportunity to raise awareness of what Cornwall Blood Bikes do, as a charity, supporting NHS partners to deliver essential Whole Blood, Pathology Samples, Medication, Medical Equipment, Medical Notes and occasionally Donor Breast Milk to the NHS hospitals and hospices throughout Cornwall and beyond.

Having the opportunity to collect on a Cornish Pirates match day was greatly appreciated. The supporters were so generous, and our collectors, including helpers from The Rotary Club of Penzance, were all made most welcome.



Lanner Village Produce and Craft Show Donate

The 22nd July 2017 saw Cornwall producing its finest liquid sunshine and a gentle hurricane thrown in for good measure.

But it did not stop the good people that make up the committee of The Lanner Village and Produce Show going ahead with the years horticultural show.

There was a variety of exhibits from all around the village, making sure that these local traditions and events do not die out.

Outside the hall saw two committed CBB volunteers in the form of “Mr Mark” Holroyd & John Penlerick taking shelter in our charity gazebo.

The event was a huge success and at the beginning of December Mr Mark revisited Lanner and was greeted by a very warm reception and hospitality by the committee to which they present the charity with a cheque for the wonderful amount of £ 500.00

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Ian Boase and his fabulous team for such a sterling effort in their support that has been given to CBB and also thanks must go for their generous and warm hospitality, it is very much appreciated.