Oliver Connell & Son Ltd organised the 90 mile Charity Cycle Ride, from Oxford to Cambridge, The OC Way, in remembrance of the late Oliver Connell who founded the business in 1974.
Co. Westmeath native, Oliver, who sadly passed away in March 2020 was a double-recipient of donor kidneys and it was deemed fitting to support the charity which originally supported him. The “West London Kidney Patients’ Association” is a charity run by volunteers who are either kidney patients, their families, friends or carers with the support of the Imperial College Renal and Transplant Centre. They are based in the Hammersmith Hospital in Du Cane Road.
Oliver’s brother Pat, provided his kidney for the initial transplant and this kidney lasted for almost forty years. The second liver transplant was received from a non-related donor.
The Company also chose to support ‘’The Lighthouse Club’’, which is a well-known charity in the construction industry.
They are the only charity 100% dedicated to the physical, mental and financial wellbeing of construction workers and their families in the UK and Ireland. Their mission is no construction worker or their family should feel alone in a crisis.
The Charity Cycle Ride took place on Saturday 3rd July 2021, starting off at our site at Trinity College, Oxford and ending at another one of our sites, the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge – Hence, The OC Way, being the name of the event.
Despite the extremely early start and the first 30 miles of the cycle proving very challenging due to extreme adverse weather conditions, the team spirit and determination remained strong and the morale high. The commitment of all the cyclists was admirable.
Our most sincere appreciation goes to the members of our supply chain and staff members, and their friends and families, who generously sponsored us. To date £70,000 has been raised and equally distributed between the two charities.
For anyone who would still like to support these very worthy causes, the Virgin Money Giving link will remain open.
Every donation will make a significant difference to the lives of those requiring assistance from the charities we are supporting.