WHAT WE DO?
It’s the middle of the night, it’s cold and it’s raining. The phone rings and it’s answered immediately by the Blood Bikes East controller. There’s an urgent package that needs transporting between two hospitals. It could be blood, blood products, breast milk, medical products, samples for testing, test results or even transplant related tissue.
The controller calls one of the on-duty riders, who is on his or her way in less than five minutes. Thirty minutes later the item has been delivered and the biker registers another completed delivery with the controller who is ready for the next urgent call.
That’s what we do – 7 nights a week and around the clock at weekends.
Blood Bikes East provides an emergency medical transport service between the hospitals in Dublin city and the greater Dublin area.
This is all done by volunteers in their free time for no financial reward and completely FREE of charge to our contracted hospitals.
We saved hospitals in the Greater Dublin area over €500,000 since our inception in 2013, with the majority of that saving occurring in 2015 and 2016. Indeed, 2016 surpassed all previous records, as we completed 3,528 medical transports.
You can simply give a once-off payment or sign up to a monthly donation. Any amount of money helps us do our vital work.
€10 pays for fuel for a 12 hour shift
€25 pays for oil & filter change
€50 pays for new brake pads
€100 pays for road tax for one bike for a year
€250 pays for a new set of tyres
Blood Bikes East’s important work is 100% fuelled by sponsorships and donations. Our running costs are approximately €5,000 per month and like any charity, if our funds run dry we simply cannot operate. But most importantly, we are ALL volunteers, so every penny you donate goes straight to helping the hospitals and the people in the east of Ireland.
Blood Bikes East receives no government funding and all of our services are provided free of charge. Without the support of our amazing fundraisers, volunteers and corporate sponsors, we simply could not continue to provide this vital service.
But we are growing and so our need for supporters, both financial and otherwise, is ever increasing!
CAN YOUR COMPANY HELP?
We urgently need corporate sponsors from companies large or small. We want to add more bikes to our fleet, the bikes we have need maintenance and eventually need to be replaced and all this involves large capital investments.
We have sponsorship packages available that will allow you to give to our charity and allow your business to be aligned with a respected and loved charity.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
But you don’t have to be a business to help. If you think you can contribute anything, from time, to funds or a helping hand, we would love to hear from you.
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