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Blood Bike West Limited is a charitable organisation, providing a 24/7, all volunteer-run service emergency delivery service to hospitals, healthcare sites (hospice, clinics, care homes, laboratories etc) in the West of Ireland.  Essentially, we are a group of motorbike enthusiasts who volunteer to provide an emergency free transportation service to the HSE in the West of Ireland. We deliver all manner of medical consignments, such as emergency medical supplies, blood and biological laboratory samples, medical equipment, MRI/PET/CT/X-ray discs, human milk, patient files and medication. Our services are offered to any HSE, private hospital or clinic 24/7, all year round. By providing this service, we facilitate a massive saving to hospitals in terms of reducing couriers' fees, taxi fares, and freeing up the use of ambulances in urgent medical transportation. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to transporting samples to the National Virus Reference Laboratory in University College Dublin, we got involved closer to home. As part of the Galway City COVID-19 Community Call program, from April to November 2020 alone we delivered 132 consignments of prescription medicines to self-isolating or vulnerable members of the West of Ireland community. This effort is ongoing.
 

Blood Bike West is made up entirely of Garda-vetted volunteers who give up their time to serve the community and save lives: 

  • Controllers. Our careful co-ordinators. Where all our journeys start. 
  • Riders. Our heroes in helmets. We ensure the safety of our motorcyclists with RoSPA certification. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) was established as an advocate on all aspects of safety. It assesses and certifies our riders' driving and observation skills, and hazard management. All our riders are RoSPA Gold or Silver certified, keeping both them and you as safe as possible on our roads. Safety of our riders is of utmost priority, that's why we also have a 4-wheeled vehicle on standby during inclement weather, and to complete transportation of larger medical consignments.
  • Committee Members. Controllers and riders who have taken on extra responsibility related to the running of Blood Bike West such as training, maintenance, social media, fundraising and IT. 

overview

Blood Bike West was formed in 2012, and was the first Blood Bike group established in Ireland. Our mission is to act as an Emergency Rider Voluntary Service that aims to relieve sickness and protect health by the provision of transport of urgently needed medical consignments primarily, but not exclusively, in the West of Ireland region.

 

where your money goes

The average annual running costs for Blood Bike West between 2016 and 2019 was €26,831 (Source: Charities Regulator). This is what it costs to maintain, fuel, tax and insure our fleet. Not to mention running our phone, providing public liability insurance, and providing our volunteers with uniforms.

Blood Bike West is a 100% volunteer-run organisation, and we are 100% self-funded. We receive no state or public funding, and we fund our running costs through charity events, public generosity, and the hugely-valued sponsorship from key groups such as EasyTrip Ireland, and Northgate Vehicle Hire. 

Blood Bike West Ltd. - Company Registration No: 511102  || Charity Number: CHY 20556

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contact details

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Unit 1F Deerpark Business Centre Claregalway Road, Oranmore, Galway, IRELAND

cause registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 20556

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA): 20081638

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