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Looking for a challenge in 2019?

Can you cycle between 80-100 miles in a day, and then do it all again the next day? Dedicate 12 days in June to the event? Can you raise a minimum sponsorship of £5,000 for children with life-limited illnesses? Do you want to be part of an amazing team?

If so, GM Fundraising needs you! A space has become available on its next cycling challenge, From Russia With Hope, and the team has decided to offer the space out to the industry. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in the last ride of its kind.

Gary Morton founder of GM Fundraising comments: “Since 2005, we’ve been setting ourselves these huge cycling challenges which every time, without fail, have delivered an unforgettable experience. It’s not just the achievement of completing the ride, or the thrill of exceeding our fundraising targets, it’s also the unique camaraderie we experience.

“We've all built relationships with fellow peers from the fenestration industry, and so many long-term friendships have been formed. It truly is an experience of a lifetime. Ask any member of the team, present and past, and they’ll tell you the same.”

About the challenge

“Taking place in June 2019, ‘From Russia With Hope’, will see a team of 18 riders, supported by three RVs and six supporter team members, cycle through 10 countries in 12 days. Starting at the Russian border, we will be collectively covering in excess of 280 miles each day as we cycle through Finland, into the Arctic Circle, through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, England and Wales, before returning into England and our final destination of Hope House in Oswestry, where we will meet the children and families in their care, the very people we are raising money to support.

The total mileage is 2,730 miles with 34,000 ft of climbing. While the amount of climbing seems meek compared to some of our previous rides, the reality is that 70% of this will take place in the last two days as the team rides through England and Wales – anyone who has ridden the Shropshire hills will know this is a challenge in itself. As with all GM Fundraising events, every person taking part is expected to cover their own costs, so every penny raised will go directly Hope House to support their care of life-limited children and their families.”

Interested? The first training weekend will take place in the Midlands on the 23rd March and a training camp is scheduled for April, in Mallorca. So, if you want to be part of it get in touch. Call Gary on 07741 262612 or email gary@gmfundraising.co.uk. Find out more about the challenge and meet the existing team by visiting: https://www.gmfundraising.co.uk/from-russia-with-hope-saving-the-best-till-last/ .

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The Ride Starts here; the training has begun; to follow the progress of the team during their 12 month training visit http://www.gmfundraising.co.uk/border2border like us on Facebook look out for the hashtags #GMFB2B on twitter for regular updates. Most importantly the fundraising starts now and each of the team has their own dedicated Just Giving page as well as a general team one: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/GMFB2B

The Ride Story

After almost two decades of general fundraising, GM Fundraising commenced their charity cycle rides in 2005 with the Top2Bottom John O’Groats to Land’s End ride. The 974 mile ride cycled over 13 days by 10 riders raised over £51,000. Since this inaugural event, further international fundraising rides have taken place culminating in the high profile Hope 66 ride in 2013. The 2,666 ride along Route 66 was tough but in 2016 with the Border2Border distance, climbing and heat challenges, the team will face their biggest challenge yet both physically and mentally.

Where does the money go?

The beneficiaries are Hope House Children’s Hospices who GMF has supported for the last 15 years raising over £1.2 million in the process. Based in Oswestry and Conwy Bay, Hope House provides palliative care and support to life limited children offering a range of services including respite and end of life care at the hospices or at home, and the organisation supports counselling, advocacy and the promotion of children’s, young people’s and carer’s rights.

Children, young people and family members are welcomed into a friendly, homely environment with the child or young person at the centre. Support offered includes physical, psychological, and spiritual care from a team including experienced doctors, nurses and other care professionals. This support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

GM Fundraising was set up in 1995 by Gary Morton a well-known industry figurehead. The charity is now widely regarded as the charity of choice for the glazing industry and is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers.

To date the charity has raised over £1,106,000 for various children’s hospices, with £1,004,000 going directly to Hope House Children’s Hospices over the last 11 years. An amazing £411,000 of this has come from the epic cycling rides that have taken the team across the UK, Europe and USA. Other fund raising events include golf days and gala dinners.

In 2013 the team cycled 2,616 miles across the iconic Route 66 in the USA, branded as ‘Hope 66’ in just 14 days. The route from Chicago to Santa Monica took riders across the desert in Arizona and over the Rocky Mountains.

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