Hike For Blood Bikes: Big hearted bikers hosting GoFundMe

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

Blood Bikes East (BBE) is an Emergency Medical Transport Service run and operated entirely by volunteers, that is, big hearted bikers who have been providing their services free of charge for the past 10 years.

Established in 2012, the biker volunteers with the registered charity essentially offer out of hours delivery service under SLA for 26 hospitals and medical facilities in the greater Dublin area.

Johathan Strutt who set up the fundraiser wrote online: “Typically, we will carry blood samples, covid samples, charts, X‐rays, small medical devices or even transplant related tissue samples during out of hours.

“All packages have an auditable “track & trace” system.”

But the voluntary bikers also work with the National Breast Milk Bank and donor mothers across the country to support the free nationwide collection and delivery of human breast milk to ensure babies who need it, get it.

Furthermore, the BBE members assist families whose children are going through life threatening treatments (e.g. chemotherapy for leukaemia) by facilitating transport of home testing samples to hospitals and in some cases, the return of medications.

“BBE operates 365 days of the year on a 100% voluntary shift‐based system that allows us to cover 7pm – 6am Monday to Friday; also, on a 24-hour basis at the weekend from 7pm on Friday night until 6am Monday morning, or Tuesday if it is a bank holiday.

“We also co-ordinate linkups with our colleagues in the other Blood Bike groups across Ireland to enable efficient transfers across the country.”

To support the “Hike for Blood Bikes” services, please dontate to their GFM, through which they hope to raise €10,000. All donations welcome – see https://www.gofundme.com/f/hike-for-blood-bikes

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