Clareman Michael Curran, a member of the head office staff at Hickey’s Pharmacies, is joining with colleagues in getting behind Bumbleance, the children’s ambulance service, and plans to increase its fleet from two to five units.
In celebration of their 20th year in business, Michael and colleagues in Hickey’s twenty-nine branches across the country are to undertake activities to help fund the additional units that Bumbleance requires and fit them out with the décor and interactive features needed to entertain and reduce stress on sick children when travelling to and from treatment centres.
The son of Marie and Gerry Curran from Killaloe – whose Shannon-based family business Curran’s Heraldry is well known locally – Michael is married to Olivia, formerly from Kilkee. They have been living in Ardnacrusha for the past ten years and have a son Daniel (6) and daughter Lily Marie (3).
Michael first became familiar with Bumbleance when his then young niece Marie (now 15) required the service to travel to Crumlin Hospital in Dublin for treatment. ‘I was amazed at the difference it made – distracted by all the interactive features, she forgot about her worries and the whole experience was made so much more comfortable for her’ he said.
Thanking Hickey’s for their support, Bumbleance founder Tony Heffernan said ‘the role that our ‘child-friendly’ ambulances play in helping to reduce stress on sick children when travelling to and from treatment centres is something we want to make available more widely.’