Money raised will go towards building a gym for Mason Merrigan. Mason suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of about 1200 children and adults in the Ireland (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend primary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments, including in Ireland, have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease in Ireland can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. People with CF in Ireland are increasingly going on to attend third level colleges, accessing employment, and living more independent lives, with the support of family and friends.
Funds raised will also go towards Bumbleance, Hickey's charity of choice.
BUMBLEance was launched on Friday 6th September 2013 and is owned by The Saoirse Foundation, a national children’s charity with its headquarters located in Co. Kerry.
BUMBLEance is the most modern children’s ambulance service on the planet and it is the world’s first interactive ambulance purposefully designed for children, with the capacity to operate the latest medical equipment and inter hospital communication systems. Using the latest technology, BUMBLEance is an upgraded Mercedes Benz 519 unit with extras and we have worked hard to produce a state-of-the-art vehicle where, undoubtedly, safety is our first priority.
BUMBLEance contains every piece of equipment that any other ambulance may have as well as latest developments in software, control and automation services from ATSR, Ferno but it is also a fun environment for sick children.
The entertainment system on BUMBLEance comprises the most modern 19 inch LED TV, Playstation games console, iPad Mini and NUBI systems all operated via an on-board control system with a 2TB storage capacity. With the latest mobile communication systems, satellite tracking and monitoring the unit also has a dual channel Wi-Fi hotspot which enables the ambulance to communicate, allowing live streaming from the internet, Skype calls and much, much more.
BUMBLEance ensures that the journey of a sick child who needs ambulance transportation to and from a treatment centre and their home is the most safe and comfortable journey possible.