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Regeneron donates van to local Blood Bike Mid-West charity

Regeneron donates van to Blood Bike Mid-West. Regeneron employees Elaine O’Connell, Tricia Flahive and Triona Shiels with Anthony Manning of Blood Bike Mid-West during a test drive of the Volkswagen Caddy van donated by Regeneron to Blood Bike Mid-West

Regeneron donates van to local Blood Bike Mid-West charity

Regeneron donates a company owned Volkswagen Caddy van to a Limerick-based charity, Blood Bike Mid-West. The donation, which was the result of a request by Regeneron employees Elaine O’Connell, Senior Quality Control Specialist and David Considine, Warehouse Associate, will allow the charity transport samples and medical equipment to-and-from hospitals, hospices and patients across the Midwest region. 

In addition to transporting supplies within the region, the charity will use the van to transfer supplies to the Blood Bike’s sister organisations for distribution throughout Ireland

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Regeneron donates van to Blood Bike Mid-West. Pictured at the presentation of the keys of the Volkswagen Caddy van to Blood Bike Mid-West at the Regeneron facility in Raheen, Limerick are Richard O’Connell (Blood Bike Midwest), Elaine O’Connell, Tricia Flahive, Triona Shiels (all Regeneron), Anthony Manning and Brendan Caffrey (Blood Bike Mid-West).

Brendan Caffrey, Chairman, Blood Bike Mid-West said, 

“At Blood Bike Mid-West, we transport urgently needed blood products, patient records, breast milk, scans, tissue samples and any other medical requirements in our specially equipped motorcycles and van across the Mid-West Region. The donation of this van from Regeneron will allow us to continue to operate at full capacity this winter when adverse weather conditions will make transportation by motorcycle unsafe.

We operate a 24/7 Emergency call-out service using volunteer riders and drivers and we don’t charge for the service. 100% of all funds raised go towards the running of the charity and we’re very grateful for our volunteers who are unpaid and give up their time for free.

We would like to thank everyone at Regeneron who made this happen, especially David Considine and Elaine O’Connell. On behalf of everyone here in Blood Bike Mid-West, thank you.”

Niall O’Leary, Vice President and Site Head, Regeneron Raheen,

“Blood Bike Mid-West provides a much needed and valuable service for the entire region. We are delighted to see the van being used to ensure essential life-saving supplies reach the people who need them in the Mid-West and throughout Ireland.”

Elaine O’Connell, Senior Quality Control Specialist helps fundraise for Blood Bike Mid-West said, 

“Like Regeneron, the blood bike group is dedicated to ‘doing well by doing good’ and making a difference in people’s lives. I love the connection I have with changing patients’ lives as a Blood Bike Mid-West fundraiser and as a Regeneron employee. It’s what we do best!”

David Considine, Warehouse Associate, volunteers making deliveries at Blood Bike Mid-West 

“I found the perfect fit in Blood Bike Mid-West as I love volunteering, and this particular volunteer group also allows me to sustain my passion for motorcycles. I feel a great level of satisfaction when I finish my shift, knowing that I am giving back to my community and helping others.”

About Blood Bike Mid-West:

  • Blood Bike Mid-West is a charitable organisation staffed by volunteers to transport blood samples, breast milk, patient records, medical equipment and other medical supplies to and from hospitals, hospices, clinics and private homes. 
  • Based in Limerick City, Blood Bank Mid-West provides delivery services 24/7 365 days a year across the Mid-West region and coordinates with other Blood Bike groups to provide service throughout Ireland.
  • Blood Bank Mid-West does not charge for their services and they do not receive any state or HAS funding.  They rely on fundraising and 100% of all donations from businesses and individuals are used to cover the cost of operations, including insurance, maintenance and fuel costs.  

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