Mobility solutions specialist, Easytrip, Ireland’s only electronic parking and tolling tag provider, celebrates their five-year partnership with Blood Bikes, a not-for-profit charity. Easytrip has been supporting the charity since April 2017, enabling Blood Bikes to continue to provide a vital service across Ireland. As part of the celebrations, Easytrip has announced the extension of their support for a further five years. In a typically year the not-for-profit charity would make over 100,000 deliveries and in the last two years that support doubled to an estimated 250,000 dispatches.
Blood Bikes, who provide urgent transportation of essential medical items such as donated blood, human tissue, breast milk to hospitals and medical centres 365 days a year, supply their service free of charge with help from a legion of voluntary drivers. Over the last two years the organisation has supported the National Ambulance Service and the HSE with Covid-19 testing and medical equipment deliveries.
Colin Delaney, CEO of Easytrip Ireland, said: “We all recognise how important it is to be supporting our healthcare sector, especially over the last two years. Blood Bikes is playing a monumental role, ensuring other emergency services are not taken out of service and we are proud to be continuing our support. To date we have covered over 12,000 toll journeys for them and look forward to continuing to work with Blood Bikes in the years to come.”
Fergus Lennon, spokesperson for Blood Bikes Leinster said: “The help from Easytrip has been tremendous and we really value their partnership. It has allowed us to continue to operate and support our – hospitals, medical centres, satellite units of hospitals, HSE as well as residential and nursing homes – who all provide crucial healthcare and work with vulnerable patients. On average, we get 20 to 30 calls a day, seven days a week. Having our tolls paid automatically means that our time sensitive and lifesaving deliveries are made quicker which impacts positively on the patients who need the vital supplies we deliver.”
Established in 2012, Blood Bikes is a not-for-profit Irish charity who provide a free emergency medical transport service and operates between hospitals across Ireland in the 32 counties. Their fleet is tasked with the urgent transportation of donated blood, human tissue, stem cells, organs, chemotherapy medication and more recently, PPE, Covid-19 and antigen test kits. Blood Bikes are currently seeking volunteers – for more information visithttp://bloodbikeleinster.ie/index.php/volunteer/ .