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500 Mile Charity Cycling Challenge to Thank Staff

500 Mile Charity Cycling Challenge to Thank Staff

Date of release: 13 May 2021

A 60s band member and his family are fundraising to thank the staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust who cared for him after suffering from a stroke. 

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From left to right: Ben O'Hara and John O'Hara

In August 2020, John O’Hara, 75, from Claregate, was rushed to New Cross Hospital with a suspected stroke. Whilst on the Acute Stroke Ward his condition deteriorated after suffering a large bleed on the brain.  He spent one month on the ward, before he defied all odds and started to show signs of improvement. From here his improvement continued until he was moved to West Park Rehabilitation Unit for a period of two months, before eventually returning home.

John was the lead vocalist of The Californians, one of the best known Wolverhampton recording groups during the 1960s.

His son, Ben, 45, from West Sussex, set himself the challenge of cycling 500 miles throughout May in order to express the family’s gratitude for the “exceptional teams” who cared for his dad. Ben also hopes to raise some money and make a donation to them both.

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Ben O'Hara

“Words cannot express our thanks for the team of consultants, doctors, nurses, physio therapists, occupational therapists and anyone else who tirelessly worked to not only keep Dad alive, but furthermore, get him back to living a normal life. They dealt with both Dad and us as a family with the utmost dignity and compassion and never gave up,” said Ben. “The staff in both the stroke ward and West Park rehabilitation unit are real life super-heroes who we witnessed continually going over and above their normal duties. We will be eternally grateful.”

Rachel Robinson, Community and Events Fundraiser, said, “We are so grateful for the large amount of support Ben and his family have received in the short time that his JustGiving page has been open. We wish Ben lots of luck in completing his impressive challenge.” 

Ben set himself a target of £500 on his JustGiving page which was quickly hit, with the total now standing at £1,637.50 including Gift Aid.


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