Launched by The Saoirse Foundation in 2013, BUMBLEance, The Children’s National Ambulance Service, is the world’s first state-of-the-art ambulance service specifically designed and tailored exclusively for children, BUMBLEance was the brainchild of Mary and Tony Heffernan, who experienced the struggle of caring for sick children when their own critically ill children, Saoirse and Liam, spent so much time on the road going to and from hospital appointments.
BUMBLEance provides safe and comfortable transportation for Ireland’s youngest patients who require transportation between their home and children’s hospitals, hospices, national paediatric treatment centres, and respite centres nationwide. The comfort and safety of the children is BUMBLEances #1 priority. Each BUMBLEance vehicle has advanced mobile internet and Wi-Fi and facilitates the real-time transfer of data from on-board medical equipment to remote servers. BUMBLEance also features top-of-the range, child friendly, entertainment systems, designed to distract, comfort and entertain Ireland youngest patients as they travel to and from hospital.
BUMBLEance also provides an invaluable service through its Angel Trips. An Angel Trip is designed for a terminally ill child who is making his or her final journey on earth before he or she grows their Angel Wings. BUMBLEance ensures that parents can make this final journey together with their loved one in a safe, compassionate, sensitive and caring environment. Before the Angel Trip service, parents would often have to drive themselves home with their loved one or to take a taxi, this is not a viable option for many families during such a devastating and heart wrenching journey.
The newest addition to the BUMBLEance service is BUMBLEette. This free door-to-door/bed-to-bed service is for critically and seriously ill young patients who do not require full ambulance support with a paramedic on board, but who do require transportation to and from paediatric hospitals, respite care centres and hospices nationwide. BUMBLEette will also serve as a Children’s Chemo Cab, bringing children and their accompanying parent or carer to and from chemotherapy treatment; and will also be part of the Angel Trips service that takes terminally ill children home.