Life-saving €3k grant will help fund charity’s new ambulance

by Sylvia Pownall

The Red Cross in Blanchardstown has been thrown a lifeline after the charity secured a grant towards buying a new emergency ambulance.

Volunteers can continue their vital work in Dublin 15 after their application for €3,000 from the Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) was approved.

Dublin 15 unit officer Barry County said: “We are working to replace our ambulance, which has come to the end of its working life.

“This gives our fundraising a big boost and will be a great help. It is a great reflection on the charitable work done by HSF in donating towards our cause.”

Red Cross D15 has been providing first aid cover at local events as well as first aid training and community support services in the area since 1987.

They can also be called upon during times of severe weather, and were active during Storm Emma and heavy snow in 2018 in transporting patients from hospital to hospital, and responding to other callouts.

Volunteers rely completely on donations and grants to keep their work going. Fundraising is an important part of their activities throughout the year.

While the unit is staffed entirely by local volunteers, funds donated by local people and businesses go straight to new emergency equipment and training materials.

The group meets weekly on Thursday evenings at Mulhuddart Community Centre. For more information, see their social media profiles at Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, @D15RedCross.

Meanwhile, volunteers with St John’s Ambulance in Ongar are hoping to raise €25,000 for a replacement ambulance as their vehicle has clocked up 300,000km.

The Ongar group is one of two divisions in the Blanchardstown area and last year alone it covered duties which amounted to around 2,500 volunteer hours, from GAA matches at Croke Park to community events across Dublin 15.

A GoFundMe appeal has also been launched. To donate, see the fundraiser here.

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