The Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club has given us an extraordinarily generous donation in order for us to buy a bloodbike dedicated to the memory of Peter Mittell. For those of you who have joined in recent times, Peter was one of our members who sadly died in a motorcycle accident near Ipswich in April 2012. He was well known in the local community and regarded by all who knew him as a true gentleman. His funeral cortege was escorted by over 40 bloodbikers and a guard of honour was provided at the crematorium by his colleagues from the prison service.
The significant donation from CCMC has enabled us to order a brand new bike, delivered in SERV livery and equipped with an LED blue light system. After evaluation of different bikes, and with advice from North West Blood Bikes (NWBB), we have ordered a Honda Crossrunner for service in the east of our region. NWBB had just completed a thorough evaluation of various models and they decided to order the Honda Crossrunner. They say that the bike is very well balanced, smooth, easy to ride and, unlike our current portly BMWs, light and manoeuvrable. It is also comfortable for tall and short riders with good weather protection and it will come with a taller screen, heated grips and fairing extenders to further improve the weather protection and provide rider comfort. The picture is an approximate representation of what it will look like.
Although we have equipped this bike with blue lights for fundraising shows, we hope that members will take the opportunity to book the bike for their bloodrunning duties. We will be clarifying the criteria on our website shortly but our intention is to enable as many members as possible to experience this bike during their time with SERV.
When the bike comes into service we will be holding a short service of dedication and blessing by the chaplain at Ipswich Hospital attended by members of Pete’s family, the CCMC , and of course members of SERV will be invited. In this way we hope that Pete’s memory will continue in service with us for many years thanks to the generosity of CCMC and your efforts in doing the duties and the bloodruns.
(NB: this is the second significant donation from the CCMC, many of you will have noticed their accreditation on the screen of our BMW R1200RT, which was also purchased by a donation from them)