Charity Bike Build - Can you Help? - Kinesis Bikes

Charity Bike Build - Can you help?

2013 proved to be annus horribilis for Graham Oatridge. “We seemed to be bombarded with bad news from April onwards culminating in a friend’s son being diagnosed with advanced cancer. Having two young boys myself I just couldn’t imagine how I would cope with that kind of situation. I almost needed to remind myself that there were good people out there and I wanted to do something to show support for the family and raise some money for a charity that helps families who find themselves in that situation.

@bike_build charity bike build

Graham started a Twitter account @bike_build with the intention of asking people to donate road bike components which would then be assembled with the bike being auctioned and the proceeds donated to Ronald McDonald House. ‘The charity offers free accommodation for families whose children are receiving hospital treatment. It allows the family to stay close to their son or daughter during treatment and reduces the financial stress of having to shell out for petrol and accommodation costs during what is already an incredibly stressful time. It doesn’t look to find a cure but it does provide immediate help for people.

So far the project has been donated new components totalling around £700 including a brand new frame and carbon fork from Kinesis UK.

Donated charity bike build

In fact, all that’s left to complete the build is the drivetrain and tyres. Graham is now looking for a donation of drive groupset to go with the Mavic Aksium wheels, Rido Rlt saddle and Deda seatpost. ‘I really want to complete this bike, get it built and auctioned so we can support Ronald McDonald House. The support from donors to date has been unbelievable and I desperately want to get over this final hurdle to complete the project.

My overriding message is ‘if you can help then please don’t just read this but get in touch and help us support a wonderful charity.’’ says Graham.

If you can help with a donation then please contact Graham via Twitter on @bike_build or grahamoatridge@hotmail.com

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