Com­mit­tee to set up Cork-based ser­vice for Bum­bleance kids

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Bum­bleance, the Chil­dren’s Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, has launched a new Cork­based fundrais­ing com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee is com­prised of a va­ri­ety of Cork com­pa­nies and pro­fes­sion­als from all walks of life, many from well­known Cork busi­nesses.

Chair­man of the Cork group Scott MacKe­own said the lo­cal com­mit­tee was set up to sup­port crit­i­cally and se­ri­ously ill Bum­bleance chil­dren and their fam­i­lies at a lo­cal level.

“Our main aim is to get a Cork-based, South­ern Re­gional Bum­bleette ser­vice on the road as soon as pos­si­ble in or­der to help even more sick chil­dren through­out Cork City and county.

“The com­mit­tee is hold­ing a va­ri­ety of fundrais­ing events through­out 2017 and we hope that the com­mu­nity will come out and sup­port our fundrais­ing drive so that we can help to make life a lit­tle bit eas­ier for sick chil­dren and their fam­i­lies”

The founder of Bum­bleance, Cork­man Tony Hef­fer­nan, said he was de­lighted to have a Cork com­mit­tee on board.

“This will make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to so many se­ri­ously-ill chil­dren and their fam­i­lies at a lo­cal level.

“Our main goal is to achieve an Ire­land where the fear and stress of an am­bu­lance jour­ney for a child no longer ex­ists and our new, re­gion­ally based, South­ern & Rebel Bum­bleette ser­vice, will en­able us to pro­vide vi­tal as­sis­tance to even more sick chil­dren and fam­i­lies in need of our sup­port through­out the Rebel County,” he added.

The Cork com­mit­tee was formed to raise funds to pur­chase and fund the oper­a­tion of a new Cork-based South­ern Re­gional Bum­bleette ser­vice for sick kids on the road as soon as pos­si­ble.

The Cork-based ve­hi­cle will trans­port and sup­port crit­i­cally and se­ri­ously ill chil­dren through­out the South­ern re­gion, Cork city and county as they travel to and from hos­pi­tal, na­tional treat­ment cen­tres, and respite and hospice care fa­cil­i­ties coun­try­wide.

The ser­vice will also pro­vide a very unique and spe­cial­ized ser­vice called Angel Trips — the fi­nal jour­ney of a ter­mi­nally ill child to their home from a hos­pi­tal or care fa­cil­ity be­fore the child grows their Angel Wings.

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