BLOOD Bike Leinster, the medical transport charity based in Newbridge, has put out a call for a commercial premises not in use in the Naas/Newbridge area to be donated as they deal with the growing pressures of the current emergency.
“We started with motorbikes, but things are getting so big we now need to use four-wheeled vehicles as well,” explained Fergus Lennon, the man behind the service for the last seven years.
“It’s the number of testing samples…it’s totally what we’re doing at the moment,” he pointed out.
“We only need the premises for the bikes, not the vans. We have them parked up at the three hospitals [Naas, Portlaoise and Mullingar]” said Fergus.
“If it was big enough to fit the few trailers as well, that’d be great,” he explained.
He estimated that an unused commercial or industrial lock-up unit, a minimum of 700 sq ft, with electricity and 24-hour access would be what they seek, and “we wouldn’t mind sharing”.
He explained how the bikes have been parked at his house for the past six years and “I simply don’t have the room”.
“It’s been ‘temporary’ for six years now, but I live on a cul de sac, and when the volunteers come to collect the bike they leave their cars in front of neighbours’ gates…and they’re coming at all hours,” he pointed out.
“This is a charity that is operating all year round, and they have become a great support to both the community and HSE colleagues,” said Cllr Peggy O’Dwyer. “They are making a real difference to the lives of many people, no more so than now during Covid 19, so on their behalf today I am putting out a request to see if anyone could help them with this,” she added.
Blood Bike Leinster was founded in 2013 by Fergus following his retirement after a heart attack as a way of speedily transporting blood products, and then medical supplies between hospitals.
They receive no statutory body funding, but are fortunate enough to have Carole Nash Ltd take care of their insurance, and EasyTrip their toll fees.
Fergus also wanted it known that, for the period of the Emergency, AppleGreen is taking care of their fuel costs.
If anybody can help, they can contact [email protected] or on their website bloodbikeleinster.ie