Blood Bike Mid West is a charitable organization that provides
the transport of urgently needed blood, blood products,
patient records, drugs and other medical requirements.
Since 2013 we have been providing an Emergency Voluntary transport service
at no cost to the HSE, Breast Milk Bank Northern Ireland, Private
hospitals, Hospices and even to individuals in their homes.
This is only made possible through the generous funding we
have received from members of our community in the
Mid-West region and beyond.
The vast majority of our collections and deliveries are carried
on specially adapted motorcycles. All our riders are
trained to the highest RoSPA (Royal Society for the prevention
of accidents) levels and undertake this training at a
personal cost to themselves.
Our Mission is to act as an Emergency Voluntary Transport Service which aims to relieve sickness and protect health by the provision of transport of urgently needed blood, blood products, breast milk, patient records, drugs and other medical requirements between hospitals and blood transfusion banks, primarily, but not exclusively, in the Mid West Region.
Meet the Team
The chairman oversees the overall functioning of the group and liases with the other Irish Blood Bike groups in Ireland.
The BBMW Controllers operate on a monthly 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.
Current Controller - Anna McAuliffe
This team organises and manages the general fundraising activities for the group.
The committee meets every two weeks to discuss key matters and prepare for future requirements with additional daily discussions between committee members and Volunteers.
Brendan Caffrey - Chairman
Sharon Mowat - Fundraising
John Sheedy - Fundraising
Dave Scullane - Finance
Pat Murphy - Transport
Larry Hunt - Operations
Frank Hennigar - Garda Vetting
Ken Driscoll - PRO
The operations manager coordinates all the transport requests that are called in and ensures that all rostered shifts are filled to ensure 100% continuity of service.
Familiarisation & Training Team
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 the highest level of 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 Bike Mid West 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.