As members of Mawnan WI were noting dates for their diaries, they were
certainly not expecting the arrival of a BMW1200 RTP with full headlights.
The curtains at the entrance to the Memorial Hall were dramatically opened
to allow Martijn Huddlestone, the Duty Fleet Bike Rider, to ride in whilst
ladies grabbed their phones to capture photos of the occasion! Cornwall
Blood Bikes had arrived. The Fleet Manager, John Penlerick, gave a humorous
talk about a serious subject.
The charity was set up in 2015 although there had been similar groups
previously. It is completely dependent on donations to allow it to continue
with its valuable work across the whole of Cornwall – the Mawnan area covers from
Truro to Penzance, but the bikers often go out of the county on jobs. They
provide an essential service taking blood, breast milk, samples and
medications to where they are needed so they work closely with hospitals and
local charities.They have 11 bikes across the county and some 73 members are
involved which includes the 45 riders all of whom have to be advanced
motorcyclists over the age of 30 years.
Fifty-three ladies enjoyed hearing all about the charity and were full of
admiration for what they do for our community. They certainly live up to
their strap-line: Cornwall Blood Bikes – Riding for Life.