Thieves steal €800 worth of medical supplies from children's ambulance at Ploughing Championships
BUMBLEance transports extremely ill children and their parents to hospitals
Medical supplies for sick children worth €800 were stolen from the BUMBLEance at the National Ploughing Championships yesterday.
Medical equipment including oxygen masks, bandages, and sterile equipment were taken from two cupboards in the children’s ambulance.
The BUMBLEance transports extremely ill children and their parents from their homes to hospitals around the country.
Tony Heffernan, founder and CEO of the Saoirse Foundation, which operates the interactive ambulance, was helping a mother and her sick child to access the service when the goods were stolen.
“I was explaining to a woman how we could get her child to Crumlin. I was taking her through the process.
“I just turned around for two minutes and it was gone. It’s completely senseless,” he said.
“Two of the medical lockers were opened and basically cleaned out. Someone had filled a backpack or something, I’d say.”
“People were very generous at the Ploughing, and they were trying to help us, but there’s always one person who’ll try and ruin everything.