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20 years of GM Fundraising

April was a busy month for GM Fundraising, with record funds raised at the FIT Show and preparations for the Border2Border Cycling Challenge in full swing. It was little different 20 years ago, as the end of April saw the 20th anniversary of the first ever GM Fundraising event. Always intended to be a one-time occasion, a dinner was held in Birmingham to raise money for Zoe’s Place

Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising comments, “I was asked to be involved in organising this dinner as a one-off event. We aimed to have 300 guests to the Grand Hotel in Birmingham with the target of raising £5,000 for Zoe’s Place, a baby’s hospice in Liverpool. In order to collect the funds, we set up an account at the bank – and with little thought behind it, the account was created in the name of GM (Gary Morton) Fundraising. We smashed our target by raising over £16,500 and it became the bedrock of our fundraising efforts”

“In 2004 we added to our portfolio by organising the first ever Golf Day at Patshull Park Hotel & Golf Club near Wolverhampton. It was then that we also welcomed Dave Broxton to the team to help run this event.”

Dave adds: “The competition was a fourball team Stableford with the two best scores from each hole counting. The day concluded with a presentation dinner, entertainment from a comedian, a raffle and charity auction, with all proceed going to Hope House Children’s Hospices. Total Glass were the winners, who went on to represented GM Fundraising in the regional final of ‘The Times’ Corporate Golf Challenge. The event raised over £7,500.

“With the Border2Border ride nearly upon us it’s also a timely reminder of the first ever GM Fundraising Cycle Ride which took place in June 2005. Top2Bottom challenged us to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End. Our target was to raise £15,000 – we raised over £51,000.”

Gary concludes: “With your astounding support we have raised more than £1.3 million over the years. The team of industry based, motivated volunteers who run GM Fundraising, give their time freely and are committed to delivering the highest quality events whilst ensuring that every penny raised reaches the children and families at Hope House. Without the team GM Fundraising would not exist. So thanks go to everyone involved, past and present, and to the wonderful supporters in this great industry of ours – Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

“We are continuing to expand with new events, such as the Footy Fives and GMF Cup, so it’s onwards and upwards to £2.0 million, our next target.”

For more information on GM Fundraising and this year’s events, please visit the website www.gmfundraising.co.uk. You can also view photos of past events at http://www.gmfundraising.co.uk/gallery-2/

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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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