The OEG Offshore group and staff from across the world have donated £10,000 to Bowel Cancer UK and the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, in memory of their friend and colleague Mr Craig Russell.
Craig, who spent over 35 years working in the offshore energy sector, lost his battle with bowel cancer in December 2020. As a special tribute to remember his drive and energy, colleagues from as far as Singapore, Australia and the USA, as well as those in the UK, donated funds to support the two charities in his memory.
John Heiton, CEO of OEG Offshore said: “Craig will be remembered as someone who devoted so much ambition and passion to OEG after working with us for the last 11 years across the UK, USA, and Trinidad as well as supporting all of our other regions at various points in his role as Commercial Director before assuming his position as Regional Director for EMAC.”
Craig was fastidious in the design and build of modular projects and products and was heavily involved in the growth of Consafe Engineering, Duffy McGovern and HB Rentals before joining OEG Offshore in 2009.
Charity and voluntary work were a large part of Craig's life and he was always happy to give up his time to help others. He remained positive and upbeat throughout his cancer treatment with his family at his side.
Sue Farago, part of the In Memory team at Bowel Cancer UK, said “We're incredibly grateful for this collection in tribute to Craig and the funds will make a huge difference in ensuring that we can continue our lifesaving work and vital research. I'm sure Craig would be so touched to know that his colleagues and friends at OEG Offshore have decided to celebrate his life in this way.”
Dr Alison Cronin, Director of Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre said, “How incredibly generous, thoughtful, and helpful. We have had to be closed for most of the last year and yet continue to protect and care for our rescued monkeys and apes. The donation in Craig's memory will be incredibly helpful in allowing us to continue our rescue and rehabilitation work. The donation will go to the Ape Rescue Trust where every penny will be spent on the monkeys and apes.”
To find out more about Bowel Cancer UK's fundraising campaigns or the symptoms of bowel cancer visit www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk. For more information about the amazing rehabilitation work carried out at the primate rescue centre visit www.monkeyworld.org.