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Monday 23 October 2017

Final push to help raise €250k for Bumbleance

An exhausting mission to push a 'Bumbleance' from Dingle to Dublin has ended at St Stephen's Green.

The 10-day event aims to raise funds to buy two more Bumbleances - brightly coloured ambulances specially designed for children.

A 'Bumbleance' has all intimidating medical equipment hidden away or disguised. They are fully loaded with games, movies, cartoons and children's gizmos.

Ireland has just one such vehicle which has also been used for 'Angel Trips' which involves transporting terminally ill children.

The 355km 'mega-push' aims to raise €250,000 for the national children's ambulance service, which receives no State funds.

Some €90,000 has been raised to date and the team of pushers are appealing to people to support them by texting BUZZ to 50300 to donate €4.

The small team who pushed the vehicle, with the help of volunteers along the way, included Tony and Mary Heffernan.

The couple sadly lost their young daughter Saoirse in 2011 and their son Liam (5) last May.

Both died of Battens Disease, a rare and degenerative condition of the brain. Liam (5) had his very own Angel trip in the Bumbleance shortly before his death.

Bumbleance is the world's first interactive children's ambulance service which transports children, for free, from all over Ireland, to and from children's hospitals, respite, treatment centres and hospices.

'Angel Trips' for dying children and their parents help reduce the stress involved in necessary road trips.

Those who wish to help the BUMBLEance service can contact 0830044444 or email info@BUMBLEance.com.

The Bumbleance pushers also included explorer Mike O'Shea, Cian O'Driscoll, Ciaran and Niall Corrigan, Liam Downes and Rob Crean as well as the many volunteers who joined them on a daily basis.

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