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GM Fundraising Border2Border training

Yes – B2B team in Mallorca

June 12th sees the start of GM Fundraising’s Border2Border ride. With less than 6 weeks to go, the team met up for an official training weekend in Mallorca.

“The aim of the training is to get some much needed cycling miles under our belts and Mallorca provides the perfect setting for building the levels of fitness and stamina needed to complete the upcoming ride,” says Gary Morton, chairman of GM Fundraising and B2B team member.

“The training took place over 5 days and every day saw a different challenge to prepare us for the main event. We have quite a few ‘virgin’ riders this year and the training gave them a good insight into the daily challenges we will be facing whilst cycling from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico. And for the veterans, it definitely reminded us how hard it’s going to be! Another very important part of the training is to teach us to cycle as a team, it is imperative that we support each other through each section of the riding.

“Over the five days the riders covered around 300 miles, 17,000 feet of climbing up three mountains, with many hours in the saddle and thousands of calories burnt - a great achievement but only a taster of what we are going to be covering in June. Over 11 days we will be covering 2016 miles, 92,295 feet of climbing, in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees. Most of the ride will take place in the absolute wilderness of mountains and deserts including the Cascade Mountains, Colombian Plateau, Sacramento Valley, Californian Coastal Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert and the San Antonio Mountains.

“Our next training weekend takes place in the Peak District where more climbing and cycling over varied terrain will further prepare us for Border2Border. This is a compulsory weekend where all of the team will be bought together for safety briefings and final preparations for the trip.

“And let’s not forget why the team are putting ourselves through this – Hope House Children’s Hospices will benefit from every penny raised. Hope House provides palliative care for children with terminal conditions and support for their families, both on site and in their homes. We are nearly half way to our fundraising target of £100,000 so we still need your support. Each member of the team is working hard to gain sponsorship and raise the much needed funds and if you would like to support us you can make a donation at www.justgiving.com/teams/GMFB2B.”

For more information about GM Fundraising and the Border2Border challenge please visit www.gmfundraising.co.uk/border2border/

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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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