Bum­bleance li­brary visit is buzzing with ex­cite­ment

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By FIN­TAN LAMBE

PUPILS from first and sec­ond class at Castle­town NS were in Gorey Li­brary re­cently to visit the Bum­bleance, the Chil­dren’s Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

The visit was or­gan­ised by New Is­land Books as part of the Book­worms for Bum­bleance ini­tia­tive, and the chil­dren en­joyed arts and crafts with staff in the li­brary, while small groups took turns to go out and see in­side the am­bu­lance.

Leanne Ah­erne and Jim Burke from Bum­bleance also spoke to the pupils about the ser­vice and how im­por­tant it is.

The chil­dren’s am­bu­lance ser­vice was started by the Saoirse Foun­da­tion which was founded by Tony and Mary Heffernan in mem­ory of their daugh­ter Saoirse. There are now eight Bum­bleances na­tion­wide which are used to trans­port crit­i­cally ill chil­dren.

Each ve­hi­cle con­tains ev­ery piece of equip­ment other am­bu­lances have, but also an en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem with a tele­vi­sion, Plays­ta­tion games con­sole, an iPad Mini, as well as a WiFi hotspot to al­low for so­cial me­dia stream­ing.

Castle­town NS 1st and 2nd class pupils with teacher Jo­hanna Mur­phy, li­brar­ian Bar­bara Nolan, am­bu­lance driver Jim Burke and ad­min staff Leanne Ah­erne.

Castle­town NS pupils­dRosie Bea Howard and Emer Ivanoff with class teacher Jo­hanna Mur­phy and am­bu­lance driver Jim Burke.

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