Uniroyal Ireland has been named as the support vehicle tyre partner for Blood Bikes Leinster, the east coast chapter of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes.
Blood Bikes is a registered not-for-profit Irish charity established by local volunteers who look after the timely delivery of blood, breast milk and other time-sensitive material to hospitals and medical centres across the country. Depending totally on public donations and corporate sponsorship, the service is run free of charge to the medical bodies thanks to the legion of volunteer riders who give of their time freely for this life-saving service.
Blood Bikes carry out this valuable service free of charge to hospitals ensuring that ambulances or Garda vehicles are not taken out of service and are kept where most needed.
As support vehicle tyre partner to the service, Uniroyal Ireland is supplying its award-winning tyres for use on the Blood Bikes Ford Transit Connect support van which helps to keep the service running smoothly.
Fergus Lennon, Regional Coordinator of the Leinster Blood Bikes, said: “We are very appreciative of the partnership with Uniroyal and the provision of tyres for our support vehicle. Safety is paramount for us as an organisation and knowing that our support van is running on Uniroyal tyres which are specifically developed for optimum safety on wet roads, is a huge source of comfort.”
When a hospital has an urgent need for blood, breast milk or other medical material, Blood Bikes with their distinctive livery and narrow profile can quickly negotiate through busy traffic reaching their destination much faster than a four wheel vehicle could. Breast milk transport is imperative for premature babies as they are unable to digest any other food source.
Tom Dennigan of Uniroyal Tyres Ireland said: “We were only too happy to come on board as the Blood Bike’s support vehicle tyre partner. As a biker myself, I know the commitment that is required of the Blood Bike volunteers, out in all weathers, delivering a truly life-saving service. The Blood Bike support vehicle is crucial to enabling that service and we are delighted to provide Uniroyal Rain Expert van tyres for the vehicle. Uniroyal is known as the ‘rain tyre’ and the range of tyres were specially developed to provide the best performance on wet roads, so, the ideal choice for any service vehicle operating in Ireland. And thanks to our friends in Heffernan Tyres Kildare Town for looking after the fitting of the tyres.”