NEWS

Due to further donations towards our charities from this years bike show we are pleased to announce that the figure now has risen to £4260.42 which will be divided between our 4 chosen beneficiaries as follows:-

CHEMOHERO £1065.11
BIDEFORD COLLEGE RACING £1065.11
BRITISH BIKER RELIEF FOUNDATION £1065.10
OVER & ABOVE CANCER & WELLBEING APPEAL £1065.10

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Plus money raised from the years raffle will be donated to the charity ACTION FOR CHILDREN £172.00

The cheque presentations will take place at our first bike night of the season on Thursday 28th June at 7.30pm in the Bideford quay car park :-)

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The bike night starts from 6pm and we will be joined by the MAG team with their stand for refreshments also Tambapanni (flavours of Sri Lanka) for food, there are also the surrounding eateries if you fancy a wonder.

We do not charge an entrance fee but a donation into our bucket would be gratefully received which will be given to our chosen charity this year which is Wings South West.

 

**Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Bideford Bike Show Committee will be held on Monday 2nd July 2018, 7.30pm at Lacey’s Bar, Bideford.
All interested parties are invited to attend.

Nominations for membership of the Committee (including the positions of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary & Treasurer) should be made via email to the Secretary (caz.jules@btinternet.com) by Monday 25th June 2018. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in assisting the Group to achieve its aims and is willing to adhere to the rules of the Group. The Group has the right to refuse membership if it is considered that it would be detrimental to the aims and activities of the Group. Members will be elected for a period of one year but may be re-elected at the following AGM.

Any items you wish to be discussed at the AGM should be brought to the attention of the Secretary via email (caz.jules@btinternet.com) by Monday 25th June 2018 – items may be carried forward for discussion at the first meeting of the Committee at the discretion of the Secretary / Chairperson. Items not brought to the attention of the Secretary prior to the meeting will not be discussed at the AGM.

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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.

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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.

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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!