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GM Fundraising celebrates 25 years

2020 is a big year for industry fundraiser GM Fundraising because it sees the 25th anniversary of the organisation. Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising, said: “When we started GM Fundraising 25 years ago we had no idea what it would become. There’s a huge thank you due to everyone who’s supported us over the years, whether it’s by taking part in one of our challenges, donating sponsorship money or providing their time and expertise. Together, we’ve raised an incredible amount for Hope House Children’s Hospices, which is the most important achievement.”

To mark the anniversary, GM Fundraising is hosting a Silver Jubilee ball on 16 May 2020 at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.

A new logo has also been designed featuring the milestone and will appear on all publicity throughout the year.

GM Fundraising is best known for putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising, with its spectacular gala dinners, annual golf days, GMF Cup, Ryder Cup style golf event, long-distance cycle rides and footy fives competition. One of biggest of this year’s challenges will be the second all-women challenge, which has the Epwin Group as its headline sponsor. Peak, Paddle, Pedal will see the 12 members of the team 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 this August.

GM Fundraising was established in 1995 and have been raising funds 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 annual donor.

A silver anniversary and a huge fundraising milestone means that 2020 will be a year to remember for GM Fundraising.

If you’d like to attend the ball at Celtic Manor Resort, tickets are £1,495 for a table of ten and are available by emailing sarah@gmfundraising.co.uk or gary@gmfundraising.co.uk. All profits go to Hope House Children’s Hospices.

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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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