Deeley strikes chord on charity band night

A Coventry-based construction company has struck a chord with a local charity after raising thousands of pounds to support children and families affected by terminal illness.

The Deeley Group Band Night raised more than £7,500 for Molly Olly’s Wishes, with performances from local acts and donations from a host of subcontractors and suppliers helping to smash their initial fundraising goal.

The event, which took place at the Standard Triumph Club, was the first to be hosted by the Deeley Group Charity, with the trust hoping to enhance local connections and raise funds for charities across the region through a series of events over the coming years.

Molly Olly’s Wishes is a charity that supports children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses and their families.

It was set up in 2011 by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw, the parents of Molly Ollerenshaw, who died in 2011 following a 5-year fight with cancer.

Chris Newman, a trustee of the Deeley Group Charity, kicked off the night’s events with a collection of solo acoustic guitar songs, before Coventry band Goozebumps took to the stage with a range of modern pop covers.

Rugby-based quintet Sound Effect rounded off the night with a combination of ska, mod and britpop classics.

Molly Olly’s trustee Rachel Ollerenshaw, said: “What a great night the Deeley’s Team organised on Saturday. Everyone involved was so friendly and willing to help and all the guests that attended were incredibly supportive.

“Deeley’s have been a pleasure to work with and all their hard work has ensured that Molly Olly’s can help more children and families going through extremely challenging circumstances. Thank you to everyone involved and of course to the bands who definitely got the party started!”

A raffle and auction were also held, featuring a range of prizes donated by local companies, with a signed Deeley Group polo shirt raking in an impressive £420.

The Trustees of the Deeley Group Charity who organised the event are Chris Newman, Matt Lynch, Carol Maughan and Ian Clorley, supported by Peter Deeley and Peter Hartill.

Ian Clorley, Deeley Group Financial Controller, said: “It was a great night for all involved and that’s thanks to a fantastic team effort from the Deeley Group Charity and Molly Olly’s Wishes, as well as everyone who came along to show their support.

“We are extremely proud to have gone beyond our fundraising target and could not be happier to have started our series of charity events in this fashion.

“Our connection to the Coventry and Warwickshire community is something that has always been at the heart of the Deeley Group, and our improved outreach with local charities following the launch of the Deeley Group Charity will only enhance that.

“Our fundraising goal could not have been reached without the support of our guests, our suppliers, subcontractors and colleagues, who were all very keen to show their support for the Molly Olly’s Wishes.”

For more information about Molly Olly’s Wishes visit mollyollyshop.wpengine.com

Caption (left to right): Peter Deeley, Carol Maughan, Rachel Ollerenshaw (Molly Olly’s Wishes), Matt Lynch, Ian Clorley, Chris Newman, Peter Hartill