Anne Shaw & Gulval Dog Training Club present £2,000 to Cornwall Blood Bikes

Thursday 16th November saw an array of dogs from small 12 week old puppies to the strong presence of breeds such as the German Shepherd and Huskies watch on as four Cornwall Blood Bike volunteers in high viz jackets walk into Gulval Village Hall, where Anne Shaw plays host to this weekly dog training class.

Cornwall Blood Bikes had been invited down to join the class, which saw them during the evening presented with a cheque, which totaled the fabulous amount of £2,000.

Anne raised this amount at the beginning of the summer, where a fun dog show was hosted at St. PIrans Hall, Goldsithney.

The show consisted of a variety of fun classes, excellent refreshments and raffle.

The show itself raised £1,000 that was kindly match funded by Joe Sandles at Barclays Penzance totaling the £2,000.

Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to Anne for her continued support.

Thank you also must go to Joe at Barclays for his help and match funding the event.

Also thank you for the support of two local Cornish businesses; Semmens Coal, Gas, & Oil Supplies of St Just and Clemo’s Pets & DIY of St. Just who sponsored the show, which enabled this truly fabulous amount to be raised.

We as a charity never stop being humbled by the support and effort from individuals and groups.

 

Launceston Flowerpatch Quilters donate £3,000 to Cornwall Blood Bikes

The wonderful ladies from the Flowerpatch Quilters of Launceston made a quilt called “Autumn Gold” to raffle to raise money for CBB.

It was started in October 2016 and finished in April 2017, with over 40 members of the group playing some part in its construction.

In April ticket selling started in earnest at Cowslip workshops, Tesco Launceston and through all the members selling to their friends and family.

At the Flowerpatch’s quilt exhibition in the summer many more tickets were sold and money was also raised with the sale of fabric, books and craft items.

The ladies from Flowerpatch were delighted to be able to present a cheque for £3,000 to Cornwall Blood Bikes in October 2017.

Alan Moss one of our very own Fleet Bike Riders had much to do with these ladies and their fabulous creativity throughout the year and supported them at their various events and ticket sales.

On behalf of Cornwall Blood Bikes we would firstly like to say how amazed we were at the true masterpiece that was created by these ladies, but secondly the fabulous amount of money that was raised.  It is truly phenomenal, a huge heartfelt thank you to all the members of the Launceston Flowerpatch quilters for their hard work and continued support to our charity throughout the year.

 

Helston & St. Keverne YFC donate to Cornwall Blood Bikes

Way back in February three of our volunteers Simon Williams, John Penlerick and new recruit Martijn Huddlestone headed out to the Lizard peninsula, on a wet and wild night to give a talk to Helston & St. Keverne Young Farmers Club.

From this talk the lovely people at Helston & St. Keverne nominated Cornwall Blood Bikes along with Cornwall Air Ambulance to be their chosen charities of the year.

On the 16th September saw John Penlerick and Paul Thomas enjoy another wild, wet, & windy day, supporting the YFC at their annual ploughing match held at Gunwalloe, Helston.

A most enjoyable day was had by all including the honour of John making the presentations during the prize-giving at the end of the day.

On the 27th October Cornwall Blood Bikes were very kindly invited to join the YFC at their 60th annual Dinner and Dance at The Penmorvah Hotel, Falmouth.

Our CBB representative Martijn Huddlestone, who has clocked up rather a few miles as a volunteer since his first days as a newbie, was delighted to attend the event and during the evening was presented with a cheque for the fabulous amount of £2,200

Martijn would like to extend his sincere thanks for the great food and exceptional warm welcome that he received on that evening.

Thank you so much to all the members of Helston & St.Keverne Young Farmers Club for your hard work and dedication fundraising on our behalf, it has been a pleasure to work in collaboration this year and that fabulous amount of money will make such a difference to the work we do in the communities of Cornwall and beyond.

 

“Oll an Gwella” support for Cornwall Blood Bikes

“Oll an Gwella” the acappella chorus drawn from Newquay Male Voice Choir have very kindly nominated CBB as their chosen charity of the year to support.

We have seen this song singing, kernel loving, smile-raising, Beauties! support us throughout the year by performing atour stand at The Royal Cornwall Show,  Trewern Hall, St. Columb and last but not least those infamous nights of song singing at Padstow.

“Oll an Gwella” were recently invited to sing a programme of their Cornish Songs at the ancient Baldhu Christian Chapel, situated in the heart of Wheal Jane mining country.

The Chapel was hosting the annual Cornish Mining Service and an enthusiastic congregation played a full part in the Service, at which Oll an Gwella were invited to play the lead role.  The group also provided a cheque for the worthy Cornish charity which was received by representatives of CBB (Cornwall Blood Bikes).   The cheque (£1,200) matched a similar amount collected by the singers for The Cove Cancer Support Centre at Treliske the previous year.

Brendan Hale, our CBB volunteer and Fleet Bike Rider, explained a little about the charity and introduced his fellow driver Dave Trudgeon and CBB volunteers Mr & Mrs John Penlerick and Jayne Penlerick (CBB PR Media Liaison) before accepting the cheque from Oll an Gwella choristers.

Oll an Gwella spokesman, Rob Spowart confirmed that whilst they were delighted to release this sum of money to this worthy charity, they hoped it was just an interim payment as they hoped to pass on even more money in the future.  He explained that all the income, after production costs, from sales of the group’s new Charity CD “All the Best” from Oll an Gwella was going to be donated to support the work of CBB.

Finally, all those involved enjoyed a tea generously provided by the congregation of the delightful old chapel.

On behalf of the volunteers Brendan Hale, Dave Trudgeon & Jayne Penlerick that have been following these fantastic beauties throughout the year at there events, a very very big heartfelt thank you.

You have provided endless entertainment, you truly are one of the greatest bunch of guys we have had the pleasure of being involved with.

Not only have you certainly raised lots of smiles and singing within us, you have raised a tremendous amount of money.

Your support has been incredible and without people like yourselves Cornwall Blood Bikes would not have their wheels turning so freely.

 

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Collections from October 2017

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall award Cornwall Blood Bikes £25,000

Back in June we were fortunate enough to be nominated in The Masonic Charitable Foundation Awards, which were created by The United Grand Lodge of England to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry.

To mark 300 years, 300 charities were chosen to receive a share of £3 million across the UK.

Our charity was one of six to be nominated by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall with local people voting to decide their level of award ranging from £4,000 to £25,000

They were part of 178,801 people who voted across England and Wales.

The people of Cornwall truly got behind us and supported us in promoting the vote.

On the 5th September 2017 it was announced by The Masonic Charitable Foundation Awards that the Cornwall Blood Bikes charity had been awarded the highest grant of £25,000. 

Cornwall Blood Bikes received the highest out of a £58,000 pot of cash for Cornwall, with iSight Cornwall receiving £15,000, Bosom Buddies UK £4,000, Penhaligon’s Friends £4,000, Young People Cornwall £4,000 and Ellie’s Haven Cornwall, £6,000.

 

The official cheque presentation took place at Truro Cathedral on Saturday 30th September by the Provincial Grand Master Mr. Stephen Pearn from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall.

Our volunteers started to arrive on their own bikes and our seven marked paramedic/ police specification motorcycles drove in through Truro in convoy and all were parked and organised by our operations manager Stephan Mellows in front of the steps of Truro Cathedral.

Speaking at the official presentation on Saturday, Provincial Grand Master Mr Pearn, said he was delighted for the Blood Bikers team: “The donation will literally save lives and it’s great to advertise what the charity does. Cornwall’s Masonic Benevolent Fund has been supporting so many communities across Cornwall for many years. It’s a great organisation that is fun to be a part of as well as helping others. Our members come from all walks of life.”

 

The  Charity Steward for Caradon Lodge, who meet in Saltash,  Ross Fisher, has been giving blood since he was 18 and was  especially pleased with the Blood Bikes donation: “Since 1995 I have been donating platelets (these are formed in the blood and help it clot and to stop bleeding). Last week was my 250th donation. I have four times more platelets in my blood than the average man. I keep fit and well and feel very proud that I’m able to help others in times of need. The Blood Bikers are a dedicated team giving their time to keep such a vital service running.”

 

Also attending at the presentation was one of our oldest members of the Blood Bikers team, Conrad Dowding, (CORR) 80, from Launceston, who is still enjoying life on two wheels: “I joined the charity after I lost my wife, Pam to breast cancer. I couldn’t do anything to help her, which is why I joined the Blood Bikers team. It was my way of giving something back.”

 

Cornwall Blood Bikes are extremely humbled by the award granted, it was a truly iconic day for our new and emerging charity.

It is important to remember the many volunteers that were not able to be a part of the presentation due to personal or work commitments. It is also an appropriate time to thank and remember all those volunteers from past years who gave their time and dedication to CBB and helped and shape this milestone.

We are overwhelmed by the support from the people of Cornwall, and appreciate every single person that has been with us every mile of our journey.

Without our dedicated volunteers, friends and supporters our wheels simply would not be turning.

Thank you will never ever be enough.

 

Lions Club of St. Austell donate to Cornwall Blood Bikes

On 29 September, the Lions Club of St Austell held a silent auction at Porthpean Golf Club, St Austell to raise funds for their chosen charities, Cornwall Blood Bikes and Cornwall Young Carers.

A hog roast was laid on and desserts were provided by the ladies from the Lions club.

The event was very well attended and a total of £1350.00 was raised from the auction, which was equally divided between the two charities.

Brendan Hale, Dave Trudgeon and Lee Allen attended as representatives of Cornwall Blood Bikes and Lee brought along one of the fleet bikes.

There was a lot of interest in both the charity and the bike.

All three members fielded a whole host of questions, and helped to spread the word about the aims and operations of Cornwall Blood Bikes.

Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to extend their grateful thanks to Lions President Roger Dovey and all the Lions for their hard work and the splendid donation of £675.00 to the charity.

Geoff Preece Captains Day

Back in February some volunteers from Cornwall Blood Bikes headed way down West 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 and on the 13th August, Geoff held his Captains day, this is where people from other golf clubs come to celebrate Geoff and his golf club.

Geoff was up and about early and there to meet CBB volunteers John Penlerick, Ian Butler and Jayne Penlerick.

It was a wonderful day and the normal horizontal tree weather of Cape Cornwall was non-existant.

The CBB gazebo and fleet bike was set up at the entrance to the club house which filled very quickly with guests and then a days golf awaited.

Just shortly before 1 pm the BBQ was lit and awaiting the return of Geoff’s guests, which was welcomed by them and our volunteers alike.

All at Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to express their sincere thanks to Geoff for such a great day and his enormous efforts on behalf of CBB.

Geoff was supported all day with his wife Lindy by his side and daughters to make it a very successful day.

Thank you Geoff for your hospitality, we look forward to supporting you as the year progresses.

St Dominick Slimming Club Donates

On the 7th September, Cornwall Blood Bikes were invited by Betty Behenna, and the ladies of St. Dominick Slimming Club.

These ladies meet every week and fundraise for their chosen charity, which was to be CBB.

In attendance was John Penlerick from way down west of the county and one of our newest volunteer fleet bike rider Steve Mason.

On arrival the gentleman were greeted with a very friendly welcome but also an proper Cornish afternoon tea/ banquet fit for royalty.

 

During the afternoon John gave a presentation about our charity, what we do, the mileage covered and how we provide a vital service to the communities of Cornwall.

This was well received and during the afternoons proceedings, John & Steve were presented with a cheque for the grand total of £600.00

The afternoon proved to be one of great fun including Betty not resisting a photo opportunity on one of our fleet bikes.

John and Steve would like to express their sincere thanks to Betty and all the ladies that worked so hard to not only fundraise on our charities behalf, but also to provide such a wonderful afternoon filled with warmth and great hospitality.