Following a call from Blood Bikes East for donations during the COVID-19 crisis after an upsurge in demand for their services, The Maxol Group has offered to provide fuel to the voluntary organisation for its fleet of emergency medical transport.
Blood Bikes East's work is 100% funded by sponsorships and donations, and fuel is one of the organisation’s biggest overheads in keeping bikes on the road.
The volunteers provide a free out of hours emergency medical transport service to 22 hospitals and to many families with sick children in Dublin and the Leinster area. Safe medical transport is provided for blood products, human milk for premature babies, samples for testing, test results, transplant related tissue and medical products.
By using Blood Bikes East, which links up with other blood bike groups, hospitals do not have to deploy ambulance staff or use other often expensive transport options, saving much-needed resources.
Brian Donaldson, CEO, The Maxol Group said: “Blood Bikes East provides a critical service and it was a practical way for us to do something that would have an immediate impact at a time when resources are stretched, and donations have dropped.
“We are so grateful to the volunteers at Blood Bikes East and all those working in the health service that are working tirelessly to get us through the crisis, and we are delighted to be able to provide fuel to keep their transport on the road.”
Maxol is a family owned business and has been at the heart of local communities throughout Ireland for the last 100 years.
To donate or for more information on Blood Bikes east: www.bloodbikeseast.ie