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GM Fundraising announces its 2020 women-only event

GM Fundraising has just announced its 2020 women-only event to raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospices. It’s called Peak, Paddle, Pedal and the 12 members of the team will each be climbing Snowdon, canoeing 150 miles down the length of the River Severn and cycling 150 miles back to Hope House in Oswestry – all over eight days next August.

Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising, said: “Our first women-only event in 2017, Paddle2Pedal, was an incredible success and we can’t wait to do it again with this significantly increased challenge. We’re also very grateful to the Epwin Group, which has agreed to be our headline sponsor once again.”

Each member of the team has committed to raising at least £3,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospices. Gary commented: “The 12 members of the Paddle2Pedal team raised over £100,000 between them in 2017. It’s the 25th anniversary of GM Fundraising in 2020 and it would be fantastic to see the Peak, Paddle, Pedal team raise even more.”

The full list of industry ladies taking part in Peak, Paddle, Pedal are: Clare O’Hara and Katrina Earl of Epwin Window Systems, Charlotte Mercer of Edgetech, Samantha Nuckey of Window Ware, Deborah Hendry of Kolorseal, Helen Downer of ERA Home Security, Nikki Dunbar of Balls2Marketing, Sioned Roberts of ALUK, Sarah Hitchings of Window Widgets, Diane Rothwell of P&R, Hayley Lowndes of Swish Building Products and Amy Hunter of Sheffield Window Centre.

Supporting the team on their journey are GM Fundraising veterans, Gary Morton, Alan Sadler, Graeme Bailey and Dave Broxton as well as canoe expert Mark Bache from Epwin Group.

Since it was established in 1995, GM Fundraising has raised almost £2 million for Hope House Children’s Hospices, which provides palliative care for children with terminal conditions and support for their families, both on site and in their homes. Over 95% of Hope House’s £5 million annual operating costs are met through charitable donations and GM Fundraising is its largest single donor.

The 12 members of the Peak, Paddle, Pedal team are already in training for next year. Keep an eye out for further updates by following #GMFPPP and #forthekids across social media platforms – and get ready to sponsor them for what will be a challenge of a lifetime for a very worthy cause!

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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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