An online fundraising page created by A Donegal mum has already exceeded its target, with two weeks left to go.
Ruth Beattie, originally from Burt, decided to set up her birthday fundraiser for BUMBLEance, the Children’s National Ambulance Service, in recognition of the help the charity gave her family during the past summer.
Ruth said she started the fundraiser because BUMBLEance was so good to her family after her son Jack’s two recent surgeries.
Ruth said: “Jack has brittle bones (Osteogenesis Imperfecta) and he recently had to undergo two major operations on his legs in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.
“I wanted to do something for BUMBLEance because they were so good to us at that time. They brought us up and down to Dublin from Donegal. It is not a special birthday but, as the saying goes, ‘Every penny counts'.”
Donations can be made to Ruth’s BUMBLEance Birthday Fundraiser by clicking on the following link:
Meanwhile, young Jack, who was inducted into An Garda Síochána’s Little Blue Heroes last spring, is recuperating well at home.
BUMBLEance was launched in 2013 and is owned by the Saoirse Foundation. It is the world’s first fully interactive, state-of-the-art, children’s ambulance.
BUMBLEance was created by parents who understood the struggle of caring and transporting a sick child. Its aim is to distract, comfort and entertain Ireland’s youngest patients as they travel to and from treatment centres nationwide and to ensure the smoothest and safest journey possible, for both carer and patient, from home to destination.
BUMBLEance provides a national service for critically and seriously ill children in Ireland, who require transportation from their home, to and from, paediatric hospitals, hospices, national treatment centres and respite care facilities nationwide.
Working in partnership with the National Ambulance Service, BUMBLEance provides the highest standards in professional medical care, together with a top-of-the-range entertainment facility, specifically designed and tailored for children.
Photo shows little Jack with his mum Ruth and dad Kenneth.
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