CBB volunteers provide Guard of Honour at Laura & Anth’s Wedding day.

Well we all adore a love story…..

Yesterday (Sunday 24th September 2017) CBB was part of a very special day where our volunteers provided a marked fleet bike escort and guard of honour at St Nicholas Chapel, on the island at St. Ives for Laura and Anth both volunteers with the blood bike group Bloodrun EVS .

A few months ago, we were contacted by Laura & Anth from a fellow blood group Bloodrun EVS from Teeside with their story.

Laura became a volunteer with Bloodrun EVS after needing their service. Laura was diagnosed with cancer and due to complications caused by chemotherapy; emergency gamma-irradiated blood and blood products were needed fast, but there were no specialised blood products at the hospital she was in. The doctors gave a window of 1 hour where if she didn’t receive the blood, her organs would begin to shut down and she could die. The nearest specialist blood was at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle; 1 hours car drive away. This wouldn’t have got to Laura in time so a volunteer blood biker was dispatched as part of a relay from the northern hospital; they would meet halfway and then transport the blood to where I was at North Tees University Hospital. They arrived with 15 minutes to spare before the 1 hour critical time limit was up.

Laura was indebted to Bloodrun EVS and wanted to give something back by volunteering for the organisation, and as they say the rest is history.

Laura volunteered, is now a trustee within Bloodrun EVS and met her future husband Anth.

Laura and Anth ‘s favourite place is St Ives and was the obvious choice for their wedding, and they very much wanted to acknowledge the importance of blood bikes within their life.

Laura said: –

“We wanted to acknowledge the blood bike service at our wedding because if it wasn’t for a volunteer; we may not have had to opportunity to get married at all. We will always be grateful to that rider and to all volunteers up and down the country who give up their own time to save others”.

Our volunteers who provided the guard of honour were Len McMorrow, Dids Reeve, Jayne Penlerick, Mac Court, Martijn Huddlestone, John Penlerick and our volunteers who provided the fleet bike escort were Ian Butler, Brendan Hale and Tim Cookman.

Thank you to all our volunteers who gave up their time so freely and to Sarah Kevern of St. Ives Town Council Guildhall Weddings who helped us to make it all possible by granting permission for our fleet bikes to go on private land.

All at Cornwall Blood Bikes wish Laura and Anth every happiness in their future together.

Photo Credit: – Khalile Siddiqui Photography

 

CBB attends The Great Trethew Vintage Rally

The three days of the Great Trethew Vintage Rally were scorching! Our volunteers Geoff Crocker and Alan Moss had the gazebo up the day before and Geoff and I moved in for the day on the Saturday.

Interest from the public was high and as per usual, the Mini Moto certainly proved to be an attraction. How did we ever cope without it?

Saturday, we were swamped with the company of Cornish Times beauties selling the calendars all in aid of CBB which will culminate with a presentation at the end of the year. Always a good idea to take shorts and flip flops to these events if there’s a hint of sun.

There were no hiccups over the weekend and the organisers have been written to thank them for their kind invitation although I think Mr Crocker pulled some strings (thank you) so we are stronger with him onboard.

BMW 1 stood out and looked very smart with its freshly painted sirens and alloys.

Thanks to our volunteers, Geoff Crocker, Alan Moss, Rob Batten & Wife, & Dave Trudgeon for manning the days.

This is the start of a great event that we shall undoubtedly return too. Well done all.

Ian Butler

Fundraising Manager

Roche Line Dancers support CBB

Cornwall Blood Bikes were asked to attend an evening with the Roche Line Dancers some months ago to meet the group, give a talk and explain what it is we do exactly as a charity. The Line Dancing group raises funds for local charities and had heard of us and were interested to know more.

On that occasion, I went with my wife, a daughter along with two other CBB volunteers Dids Reeve & Martijn Huddlestone.

As expected, we all got up and did few dances to have a go as it’s not an everyday occurrence.

On Saturday 2nd September, we were invited back to receive a cheque for £450 that they had raised from raffles and competitions. This time volunteers Martijn Huddlestone and Graham Rees were kind enough to join me and we were able to bring one of our marked Fleet bikes along for the dancers to see and get on.

The group made us fantastically welcome and liked the fact that all fundraising from the public gets put straight back into the charity and not into wages etc as well as keeping the money within Cornwall.

 

Groups like these make all the difference to our organisation and keep us going and its lovely to meet them when the chance arises.

A huge thank you from all at CBB to the Roche Line Dancers for supporting us in this way, we hope to meet again.

 

Ian Butler

Fundraising Manager

 

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Collections from August 2017