There are a very special group of gentlemen who are dear to our hearts here at Cornwall Blood Bikes; Oll an Gwella (meaning “All the Best” in Cornish) has evolved into an entertaining, rehearsed, a cappella male chorus. All members of Newquay Male Voice Choir, the (up to 11-man) group has a choral repertoire of over 100 songs including shanties, Cornish folk, 1960s classics plus seasonal & sacred music.
They entertain for pleasure and raise thousands of pounds for charity including voluntary, charity and community groups.
Cornwall Blood Bikes were fortunate enough to have been a nominated charity of Oll an Gwella’s performing & fundraising in all locations across Cornwall raising outstanding amounts of nearly £20,000 over a number of years to enable us to keep our fleet bikes on the road.
CBB volunteers have always had the most wonderful time supporting this band of beauties, and as our way of thanking them approached them in September 2018 and invited the group to name the latest CBB Fleet bike to be brought into service.
Oll an Gwella had decided to acknowledge the inspirational fight that Andy Pappin (tenor singing member of the group) had shown as he had worked to overcome both the effects of a life-changing road traffic accident and an aggressive form of cancer.
Andy sadly passed away earlier last year and, as a tribute to his memory the new bike was named “Andy yw an Gwella” which means “Andy, is the best”. Cornwall Blood Bikes are extremely privileged that one of Andy’s first and final performances back together as a group, was in front of the CBB stand at The Royal Cornwall Show, which was incredibly special.
So in the September of 2018 at Newquay Beer festival the bike was named and was welcomed into our fleet serving the people of Cornwall.
A St Piran’s flag was used to enable Debbie (Andy’s wife), Kevin (Andy’s brother) and Rose (Andy’s daughter) to unveil the bike’s inscription.
We have always described these wonderful silver topped gentleman as some of the nicest people you could wish to meet.
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