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Adrian Lewis Takes On The GM Fundraising Challenge

When a space became available on the upcoming ‘From Russia With Hope’ cycling challenge, taking place in June this year, GM Fundraising turned to the fenestration media for help in recruiting someone to take up the challenge. As a result, Adrian Lewis, Owner & Managing Director of Frames Conservatories Direct in Bury St Edmunds has stepped forward to take up the challenge.

“We are delighted to welcome Adrian to the team,” says Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising. “With just a few months to go until the start of ‘From Russia With Hope’ we thought we may not find someone ready and available to commit at such short notice. The level of fitness required is high and you need to be able to commit to the preparation and fundraising too. But Adrian is a strong cyclist who regularly competes in sportives and has done a few large fundraising rides, including cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats last year. And he is determined to ‘give something back’ by raising lots of support for the children and families at Hope House Children’s Hospices.

“Welcome to the team Adrian, and from one fellow GM Fundraising cyclist to another – I wish you all the best for the adventure you are about to endure!”

Adrian comments on his decision to take up the challenge: “‘Giving something back’ is very important to me. None of us knows what the future holds and when we might be impacted by the type of support charities like Hope House Children’s Hospices provide. This will be the 3rd Hospice I have raised funds for and being able to have a positive impact on the quality of the lives of children and their families who spend time there is something very special. I am excited about the challenge and being part of the team, who I will meet for the first time at our training weekend at the end of March. Experience tells me that completing these long-distance cycle rides is all about team work as you build relationships, share struggles and support each other through every mile.”

Gary concludes: “Once again this fantastic industry has come up trumps in their support for GM Fundraising – thanks to all the media that helped us recruit Adrian to join the team – he is a great asset and we are looking forward to riding with him.”

To find out more about Adrian Lewis, and to sponsor him: https://www.gmfundraising.co.uk/from-russia-with-hope-adrian-lewis/

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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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