The Bikes are Back!
Saturday 26th May 2018 will see Bideford Quay bursting with bikes as the 5th Bideford Bike Show takes place between 12.00 and 5.00pm. This years show promises to be bigger than ever, with part of the Riverbank car park now added to the event site, which already encompasses the entire length of Bideford Quay, Manor car park and Jubilee Square. As always, the Show will be raising funds for local charities, this year we have chosen The British biker relief foundation, The North Devon cancer and wellbeing centre appeal, Chemo Hero and Bideford College Racing. The Show will be opened by the four founding members who started the event back in 2014.
As well as a vast array of stunning bikes and trikes on display, the Show also has a multitude of trade and charity stands. There will be Gourmet Porker cooking a delicious Hog Roast on Jubilee Square, alongside the official Bike Show Bar, run by local pub Lacey`s and the entertainment stage. With over 40 stands booked there will be something to interest everyone, with stalls including local motorcycle dealers and garages, jewellery and health care products, local charity stands, and of course, a mouth-watering selection of different food stands, from doughnuts and crepes to fresh fish. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the Tarka Radio team as well as Brockabilly, The 5:15 and the Bideford youth pipe band, and there will also be a selection of larger-than-life characters, including the ever popular Minion, wandering around to entertain the children.
The Bike Show Merchandise stand will be selling our official pin badges, wrist bands and patches, as well as our attractive Bike Show t-shirts and tickets for our raffle. As usual, there are lots of prizes to be won, all kindly donated by local businesses. There are prizes for the best bikes too, including Best Classic, Best Modern, Best 3 Wheeler, Best Engineered, Best Vintage and Best Custom, and the coveted Best In Show award, all of which have been sponsored by local companies. There is also the Aiden Platt Memorial Trophy, the winner of which will be selected by a representative of Aiden`s family.
Entrance to the show is just £3.00 per bike or trike, with all monies collected going directly to the four charities, and is free for pedestrians to come and admire the bikes or browse the many stalls. Friendly marshals will be on hand throughout the day, directing bikes to the designated parking areas and carrying collecting buckets for your donations. This year, it is possible to pre-book your entry ticket, saving time at the gate, by visiting http://bidefordbikeshow.org/products/bike-show-entry-2017/. Bike Show Merchandise can also be purchased from the website, and you can follow the Show on Facebook (Bideford Bike Show), Twitter (@BidefordBiker) and Instagram (bidefordbikeshow)
Thank you to Monkleigh Garage whom this year are the sponsors for the Best In Show Trophy
Thanks also goes to the following businesses for sponsoring our Best Bike Trophies.
Hedgehog Motorcycles (Best Vintage)https://www.facebook.com/HedgehogMotorcycles/
Smart Manufacturing Ltd (Best Classic)https://www.facebook.com/SmartMfgLtd/
The Kings Arms on the Quay (Best Custom)
Lacey`s Bar Bideford (Best Modern)https://www.facebook.com/laceysaleandcider/
GB Art Tattoo (Best Engineered)
Simon Pillman-S.S Flooring (Best 3 Wheeler)
Bideford Auto Services (Best Rat & Best Sports)
Bear Street Chiropractic Clinic Barnstaple ( Best British)
Thanks to John at Lacey`s Bar Bideford (36 Mill Street, Bideford, Devon EX39 2JJ) for setting up our very own special Bike Show Prize draw!!!
All you need to do is call into the pub, pick a number, write your name in the numbered square and put your £1 in the tin and you could win some great prizes. (£1 per square)
The draw will take place on the evening of the bike show Saturday 26th May 2018, so give it a shot, you gotta be in it to win it as they say 😉 Good luck.
Seeing More of the Seamoor Unit
Representatives from the Bideford Bike Show Committee (past and present, including one of the Founder Members) recently had the opportunity for a guided tour of the Seamoor Chemotherapy and Day Treatment Unit at North Devon District Hospital. The Bike Show raised just over £1700 for the Over and Above Charity (which funded the Unit) in 2015, and has again chosen Over and Above as one of it’s Charities this year, to help raise funds for the Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal.
As well as being an opportunity to see how the money raised previously had been spent, it gave the Committee members a chance to find out why the Cancer and Wellbeing Centre is so important, and what difference it will make to patients.
As Over and Above Fundraiser Julie explained, the Seamoor Unit itself provides a fantastic facility for Cancer patients in the North Devon Area, there is space for family to sit with patients whilst they are receiving their treatment (something which wasn’t always possible in the old unit) as well as a resources room, a quiet area and a beautiful garden. However, many of the support services the Unit provides to help patients and their families currently must be held in the reception area. Whilst this is spacious and welcoming, patients associate coming to the Seamoor Unit with their treatment, and would prefer a separate space for drop-in sessions and other support. The new centre would provide a comfortable, welcoming environment for patients and their families to drop in for information or support, receive counselling, seek advice about benefits and financial help, or simply ask questions. In addition to this, the appeal will also fund the building of a relative’s accommodation wing, so that families can stay nearby whilst their loved ones are being treated in hospital. With North Devon covering such a large area, this will make an enormous difference to families living in rural areas / on the outskirts of the region.
Bideford Bike Show is pleased to be supporting the Over and Above Charity as one of its beneficiaries this year – lets hope that we can raise lots of money towards the building of this valuable facility.
Bikers Box-up with Chemo Hero
As part of our efforts to find out more about the Charities we are supporting this year, representatives from the Bideford Bike Show Committee spent the afternoon filling boxes of kindness for ChemoHero at their HQ in Barnstaple.
Founded by Lisa Wallis following her own experience of chemotherapy treatment, each box contains a range of useful and luxury products to help make the cancer journey a little kinder. Lisa explained that when she attended her initial treatment she had no idea what she might need, and although she felt supported by her family, friends, and medical professionals, she realised that it was those little tips and useful products that only somebody going through the same journey would know about that could make all the difference.
Having constructed the boxes (which took a little practice), the team began to fill them will an array of products, which included pill-cases, thermometers, snacks and drinks, diaries, colouring books and pencils, tissues and wipes. Many of the products had their own story behind them, which Lisa shared as she selected each product from the shelves, putting them into a tray which was then taken out to the packing area. For example, Lisa observed that during her first treatment she didn’t want to be left alone, so the drinks and snacks mean that the patient’s partner doesn’t have to leave to go in search of food. Other products have been suggested by chemotherapy patients, friends or family, who have found something particularly useful during their treatment.
Ladies boxes contain a selection of beauty products, including moisturisers, nail files and eyebrow kits, whilst the men’s boxes include shave balm, a fiddle toy and a wallet tool. Many of the products are selected to be unusual or different, which creates a talking point when the patient finds them in the box. As Lisa explained, ten minutes discussing an interesting product is time not spent thinking about your treatment!
The total retail cost of the products in each box is between £80 and £110, although Lisa is able to purchase certain items at a significant discount, thanks to the generosity of the manufacturers. Some items have been sponsored by local groups / businesses, and have a sticker attached to show who supplied them, ensuring that patients are aware that their local community is wishing them well.
After filling each box to the brim with products, a selection of useful leaflets, money off vouchers and information is added before each box is ‘sealed with kindness’. The boxes are then delivered to the Seamoor Unit at North Devon District Hospital to be given out by the nurses to each patient on their first treatment.
The Bike Show Team is delighted to be supporting ChemoHero in their efforts to make the start of the chemo journey a little kinder for patients. We look forward to helping pack boxes again, and also hope to help deliver the boxes to the hospital at a later date. And, of course, we hope to raise lots of money to make sure that these little boxes of kindness can continue to bring a smile to the faces of chemotherapy patients.
Bikers Box-up with Chemo Hero
A small (but gratefully welcomed) group of Bikers joined the Bideford Bike Show team on their ride from Bideford Quay to the Seamoor Unit at North Devon District Hospital on Friday 6th April 2018. Taking the old road from Bideford to Barnstaple, the bikers were greeted outside the Unit by representatives from Over and Above and Chemo Hero, two of the chosen charities for this year’s Bideford Bike Show, which takes place on Saturday 26th May.
Following a photo shoot outside, the bikers delivered Chemo Hero’s ‘Boxes of Kindness’ to the Unit. The boxes were inspired by Chemo Hero founder Lisa Wallis’s own experience of attending her first chemotherapy treatment and contain a range of useful and luxury products to help make the cancer journey a little kinder. The Bike Show team had previously joined Chemo Hero to help pack some boxes, learning the stories behind each product that they contain and hearing how patients and their families have suggested products that they found particularly useful during their treatment. The boxes are given out by the nurses at the Seamoor Unit to each patient as they begin their initial chemotherapy treatment. Lisa explained that the Chemo Hero team never meet the patients, but rely on the staff at the Unit to distribute the boxes, letting chemotherapy patients know that their local community is wishing them well.
Once the boxes had been safely delivered, the Bikers and Chemo Hero volunteers had the opportunity for a guided tour of the Seamoor Unit. Over and Above Fundraiser Julie explained that whilst the Unit provides a fantastic facility for Cancer patients in the North Devon Area, the new Cancer and Wellbeing Centre, for which funds are currently being raised, would provide a comfortable, welcoming environment for patients and their families to drop in for information or support, receive counselling, seek advice about benefits and financial help, or simply ask questions. In addition to this, the appeal will also fund the building of a relatives’ accommodation wing, so that families can stay nearby whilst their loved ones are being treated in hospital.
The Bideford Bike Show team is thrilled to be supporting two such fantastic Charities at this year’s show and hopes to raise as much as possible for all our worthy causes again this year. Huge thanks to everyone who supported us by taking part in the ride or meeting us at the hospital, and to the Chemo Hero volunteers, Over and Above team and staff at the Seamoor Unit for all the amazing work that they do!