Blood Bikes Factoids

10000
Total Calls
Actioned
293000KM
Total Kilometres
Travelled
35500H
Total Volunteer Hours
Given
15400L
Total Litres Of Fuel
Consumed
€665000
Total Estimated Savings For
Dublin Hospitals

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Please Donate Today
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. For instance:

€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 €1,700 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.


Other Ways You Can Help

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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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 and the Greater Leinster 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.

What Others Say

Doing what we do and knowing that we help people every time we go out, is payment enough, but sometimes we get an email, a card or just a note of thanks and that really does light us up!

Here are some examples of what people have said about us and this vital service we provide.

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John Gallagher - Dublin
Hope all the people in the health boards appreciate your efforts as much as the rest of the country do.
Orla Lawler Carvin - Duleek
Well done guys. You are all living saints. xx
Erica Shiraz - Clare
Team work from Earth Angels. Respect and gratitude to you all. Stay Safe.
John O Loughlin and all the team in the Rotunda Pathology Dept.
Well done guys. Always a pleasure to deal with and make a big difference for those patients who most need you. Keep up the good work.
Siobhan Darby - Clane
What fantastic, selfless work you all do, as a sibling of a cancer patient who has had to have transfusions...i can't thank you all enough....unsung heroes, all of you....safe riding all.
Peter Dolan - Dundalk
Don't know how you do it. You are miracle workers!
Padraic O'Riordan - Mullingar
Be safe. Great service provided by a great bunch of bikers.

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Blood Bikes East Facebook Posts

Teamwork At Its Best To Help Little Lives!

Yesterday we received a call from Cú Chulainn Blood Bikes - CCBB Charity Est. 2016 for a link up to deliver donated human milk from Dublin City to the South West Acute Hospital Enniskillen County Fermanagh.

Our Controller, Anne McPartland, put a call out to our team and Moira Donohoe stepped forward to complete the run. She is pictured with CCBB's rider Derek Duffy at the hand-over point.

Completed In A Day, with a total of OVER 352KM's COVERED end-to-end

Additionally, the team, comprising Tom Martin, Stewart Andrews, and Moira Donohoe, completed a further 9 runs across the city. 3 of these were urgent, involving deliveries of donor milk and samples for testing.

Thank you all!

#RidersForLife #AllVolunteers #WhatWeDo #BloodBikes

Sincere thanks to our brilliant sponsors:
Annesley Williams, ŠKODA Ireland, Zurich, Arachas Insurance, Extreme Ireland / Irish Day Tours, AXA Ireland, Universal Graphics, ID Security Systems, Staxon Design & Print Studio, MetaTrak.ie, Snap Ireland, Mr Bullbar.com & #EveryoneWhoDonates

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Record Breaking March & Q1!

The analysis of our completed calls is just in and BBE continues to go from strength to strength!

- In March we completed 322 - an increase of 21% on last March
- In the first quarter of 2018 we completed 1,063 calls - an increase of 25% on the comparable quarter in 2017.

This is an incredible achievement that was delivered by a small team servicing not only more hospitals than in 2017, but also a growing call volume from existing hospitals.

But as the image says, it has not been easy. We have had our challenges and issues along the way. But anything that's worth doing is going to be tough at times. Thankfully we have an amazing team of volunteers to make it happen.

Last night, Anne McPartland on control along with Sean O'Mahony and Derek Carroll on the bikes added 8 more completed runs to our record total.

Well Done All!

None of this would be possible without the support of our brilliant sponsors:
Annesley Williams, ŠKODA Ireland, Zurich, Arachas Insurance, Extreme Ireland / Irish Day Tours, AXA Ireland, Universal Graphics, ID Security Systems, Staxon Design & Print Studio, MetaTrak.ie, Snap Ireland, Mr Bullbar.com & #EveryoneWhoDonates

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A Busy Night For Our Team

A city never really sleeps, but it does get quiet. Just like the city, our volunteers go about their business quietly and efficiently, completing deliveries across the city and beyond.

Just like last night where proceedings were overseen by Anne McPartland on Control, managing Noel Tonge and Phil Boyne. The team completed 8 calls in total with an urgent transport of bloods on the south side to St. Vincent's Labs.

Thanks team!

Supported by our amazing sponsors:
Annesley Williams, ŠKODA Ireland, Zurich, Arachas Insurance, Extreme Ireland / Irish Day Tours, AXA Ireland, Universal Graphics, ID Security Systems, Staxon Design & Print Studio, MetaTrak.ie, Snap Ireland, Mr Bullbar.com & #EveryoneWhoDonates

#RidersForLife #AllVolunteers #WhatWeDo #BloodBikes
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KEEP MOVING FORWARD

This quote from Martin Luther King epitomises the philosophy behind volunteer driven organisations such as Blood Bikes East. Often times when starting out it can be difficult to deliver the service you want to deliver, due to lack of resources and equipment. However you don't let that stop you and you make do with what you have.

By pushing forward and working hard with support from a fantastic team, you can get to the position that we are delighted to be in now. We have a fleet to be proud of and a dedicated team of volunteers. The trust that the hospitals in Dublin place in the service is growing all the time and this can be seen in the fact that they picked up the phone and called us 93 times over the last seven days.

Covering those calls were these volunteers:
Brendan Magee
Noel Tonge
Tom Martin
Sean O'Mahony
Denis Molumby
Mark Moore
Brendan Conroy
Brian O'Callaghan
Aidan Collins
David Carroll
Niall McCarthy
Dennis Brown
Brendan Keating
Martin Farrelly
Anne McPartland
John Neville
Moira Donohoe
Graham Hastings
Paul Donnelly
John O'Callaghan
Frank Sheerin
Pat McManamon
Arthur Cagney
Larry Coady
Una Kelly

Thank you all for stepping up and ensuring that each week the Blood Bikes East service can continue to move forward and grow ever bigger and better.

#RidersForLife #AllVolunteers #WhatWeDo #BloodBikes

Thanks also due to our sponsors, who ensure we have the wheels under us to keep us moving forward:
Annesley Williams, ŠKODA Ireland, Zurich, Arachas Insurance, Extreme Ireland / Irish Day Tours, AXA Ireland, Universal Graphics, ID Security Systems, Staxon Design & Print Studio, MetaTrak.ie, Snap Ireland, Mr Bullbar, easytrip Ireland, Kelly recovery, Derek Beahan Recovery, Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown, LockDoctor.ie, PLS Pharma, Bikeworld Ireland & #EveryoneWhoDonates

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HOW MANY BOXES CAN YOU FIT ON A BIKE?

The Blood Bike East Saturday shifts were as busy as ever this weekend. In total, we answered 20 calls across the day and into the night, a level that is almost 'run-of-the-mill' at this stage given our growth. Dennis Brown, Brendan Keating, Martin Farrelly, Anne McPartland, and John Neville were on duty covering those calls.

Of those 20 calls, one call in particular did stand out. Dennis Brown got a call from the controller Moira Donohoe at 9:40am that St Michael's Hospital in Dún Laoghaire had an urgent delivery for the lab in St Vincents. Nothing too unusual in that. However, the delivery consisted of no less than TWELVE packages, which is an unprecedented number. Luckily our new Honda NC750X bikes are kitted out with a top box and two panniers, providing ample storage. But even at that, it must have been a tight squeeze.

Thanks to Dennis, all the other riders and our controller Moira for their work delivering the service yesterday.

#RidersForLife #AllVolunteers #WhatWeDo #BloodBikes

Thanks also due to our sponsors:
Annesley Williams, ŠKODA Ireland, Zurich, Arachas Insurance, Extreme Ireland / Irish Day Tours, AXA Ireland, Universal graphics, ID Security Systems, Staxon Design & Print Studio, MetaTrak.ie, Snap Ireland, Mr Bullbar & #EveryoneWhoDonates

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