Founder and CEO of BUMBLEance, Tony Heffernan pictured with Bill Maher, CEO of Bon Secours Health System, who presented the charity with a €10,000 sponsorship cheque.

As part of its Community Initiative Fund, the Bon Secours Health System – new corporate sponsor of BUMBLEance – recently presented €10,000 to the world’s first and only fully interactive, state-of-the-art Children’s National Ambulance Service.

Specifically designed and tailored for children, BUMBLEance ensures the safe transportation of critically-ill children between their home and paediatric hospitals, hospices, national treatment centres and respite centres nationwide. They also provide a unique and vital service through their ‘Angel Trips’, the final journey a child takes on earth before he or she grows their ‘Angel Wings’.

Speaking at the launch of the charity partnership with Bon Secours Health System, Corkman, founder and CEO of BUMBLEance, Tony Heffernan said that the Bon Secours’ sponsorship of BUMBLEance shows how important they looked upon the service.

Tony and Mary Heffernan saw first-hand the need for this critical service as they had to transport their own children Saoirse and Liam to and from hospitals for regular treatments.

Both children suffered from Batten’s Disease, a rare genetic brain disorder. Saoirse (5) lost her battle with the fatal disease in 2011, and Liam (5) also passed away in 2014.

BUMBLEance was created by Tony and Mary so that no other family would have to deal with the hardships of transporting a critically ill child. BUMBLEance is currently working to deliver a brand new BUMBLEette service to provide transportation and support to critically-ill children who need transportation but not a full EMT or paramedic on board.