About The Foundation

The Connolly Foundation was set up by Michael Connolly (pictured right) in memory of his wife Kathleen who died in 1999.

The Foundation provides grants and donations to a range of organisations and projects across Bedfordshire and Luton – these include:

  • Keech Hospice Care
  • Level Trust Uniform Shop
  • Local schools and students
  • Bedford College
  • Bedford River Valley Park

The work carried out by the charity has expanded and will continue to do so in the future.

How it all began

Michael and Kathleen came to the UK from Ireland in the 1950’s. Kathleen supported Michael in his business life, whilst fulfilling her duties as an elected representative on Luton Borough Council.

Michael went on to form a house building company, Connolly Homes, which grew, with his hard work and guidance plus Kathleen’s devoted support, into a substantial business in the ensuing 50 years.

Michael and Kathleen, through their experiences as young people in Ireland and later in their adult lives in England, were mindful of the difficulties faced by so many elderly people, particularly those who had come from the same economic background as themselves.

They often wished that they could give meaningful assistance to those in need; both in helping young people acquire new skills and qualifications and in facilitating care for the elderly.