Meet The BBE Team

Blood Bikes East is fortunate to have a large team of almost 100 volunteers who make themselves available for shifts on a rota basis, all year round.

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A Small Group Of Our Volunteers
At A Recent Promotional Event

Some Of Our Riders Just Before Riding In The
Emergency Services Parade In September 2015

However, Blood Bikes East would not operate without the commitment and dedication of a very special group of people, who go above and beyond to manage and coordinate all the key activities required to run such a busy charity. They are:

BBE Chairman:

  • Patrick Crawford

The chairman oversees the overall functioning of the group and liases with the other Blood Bike groups across Ireland and the U.K.

Patrick took over this role at the beginning of December 2016 after the previous Chairman Pat McCabe (the founder of Blood Bikes East) stood down after 3 amazingly successful years in the role.

BBE Administration:

  • Catherine Burke

Catherine manages all aspects of administration related to recruitment of new volunteers and the day-to-day aspects of Blood Bikes East.

BBE Committee:

  • Alex Fegan
  • Brendan Conroy
  • Brian Hally
  • Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp
  • Catherine Burke
  • Denver Breslin
  • Franco De Bonis
  • Frank Sheerin
  • Graham Hastings
  • Jackson Hutchinson
  • Patrick Crawford
  • Paul McCann

 

The committee meets every 2-4 weeks to discuss key matters and prepare for future requirements. Additionally daily more informal discussions between committee members and the whole committee take place by telephone and using modern apps, such as Viber.

BBE Controllers:

  • Alex Fegan
  • Laura Gorman
  • Martina Folan
  • Moira Donohoe
  • Paul McCann

 

The BBE Controllers operate on a week-on basis in rotation. When manning the controller phone they are ready to take calls any time day and night and to then inform the relevant duty riders of the pick-up and delivery details. Due to the regular nature of the calls, the controllers often have to sleep on sofas or spare rooms so as no to disturb their families.

Roster Manager:

  • Alex Fegan

 

The roster manager coordinates the requests for shifts and ensures that all shifts are filled to ensure 100% continuity of service.

Fundraising Team:

  • Frank Sheerin
  • Harry Duggan
  • Patrick Crawford

 

This team organises and manages the general fundraising activities for the group.

Familiarisation Team:

  • Arthur Cagney
  • Anthony McInerney
  • Graham Hastings
  • Harry Duggan

Mentoring Team:

  • Brendan Conroy
  • Dave Carroll
  • Jamie Helly
  • Martin Carragher
  • Patrick Crawford
  • Paul Jenkins

 

As we get busier handling more calls from more hospitals, we need to bring new volunteers on-stream. We set up the familiarisation & training team to ensure that new volunteers received adequate training to carry out their duties professionally and efficiently, while meeting our rigorous standards.

Another key element of this team is in assisting riders to gain the coveted RoSPA certification for advanced riding.

Our sincere thanks go to every member of the Blood Bikes East family and especially those who give extra to make it all happen. Finally, we must thank the wives, husbands, partners and children of our volunteers, who forego significant time with them in order that they may give to others.