One man cycling the length of Great Britain for Galway Hospice

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One local volunteer will be cycling the length of Great Britain this summer in aid of Galway Hospice.

Pat O’Connell, who volunteers at Galway Hospice, will be making the cycle from Land’s End in southwest England to John O’Groats in northeast Scotland to raise money for the cause.

Land’s End to John O’Groats is a 1,349 km route from the extreme southern end of England in western Cornwall at the end of the Penwith peninsula, to it’s northern most point in mainland Scotland at northeastern Caithness.

The route is popular for walking, cycling, and more exotic methods of travel in modern times for people looking for a challenge or to support a worthy cause.

The fastest time set by a single cyclist on a regular bike is 43 hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds, set by 40 year old Michael Broadwith last year.

Pat will begin his journey on July 25 and aims to reach his final destination on August 3.

He is raising money to support Galway Hospice and its #projectminibus online, with people able to make donations through a page on

Pat hopes to raise enough money to purchase a specially adapted minibus for Galway Hospice, which will assist with transport for patients with restricted mobility.

Hospice transport is used to bring patients to and from appointments, to and from the Inpatient Unit in Renmore, and on outings.

Last year alone, the Galway Hospice Community Palliative Care Team made over 7,000 visits to people in their own homes, while there were over 1,200 patient visits to the Hospice Day Care Unit in Renmore.

With an increase in demand for Hospice services, a new minibus is a much-needed resource.

You can follow Pat’s journey and support his efforts by visiting…/land-s-end-to-john-o-groats…


photo credit: Galway Hospice/Facebook