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Brocko finally steps down from GM Fundraising

After two previous retirement attempts, Dave Broxton, MD of Bohle Ltd, has finally stepped down from GM Fundraising. Dave, who joined the GM Fundraising team in 2004 after a number of years attending GMF events, has supported all seven GMF charity cycle rides, launched the first GMF Golf Day in 2004 and has participated in all the other events over the last twelve years. Most recently, he was responsible for planning the Deceuninck sponsored Border2Border Cycling Challenge route and led the support team on the ride.

Speaking at the end of ride party, Dave said “Border2Border has been the last and, for me, the best of a long list of adventures I have enjoyed whilst working with GM Fundraising. I have countless happy memories from the many gala dinners, golf days and, of course, the previous rides but standing above Crater Lake, Oregon in the snow a few weeks ago was my personal highlight. I am bound to say the team spirit on Border2Border comes a very close second. Twenty-three alpha males and a single female Olympian forced together for over two weeks in the toughest of circumstances without a single cross word and too many hilarious moments to count was a precious thing to be part of and an appropriate conclusion to my personal GM Fundraising journey”.

Chairman of GM Fundraising, Gary Morton paid tribute to Dave’s contribution to charity fundraising organisation: “Dave has played a pivotal role during his time with the team, specifically on the bike rides. It is with the sincerest of regret that we see him depart, but, given he is moving on with a lovely new wife and arguably a new life, we understand his needs. I only hope he will continue to attend future events and wish both him and Claire a happy life together”

In the short term Dave will be focussing on his forthcoming marriage to Claire Shilling but plans to continue his charity work on a smaller, more local scale in the Saddleworth area where they live. “It has been a privilege to work with the amazing team at Hope House and I am proud of GM Fundraising’s million pound plus contribution to the Hospice. That said, I am really looking forward to supporting GM Fundraising from the other side now, starting with playing at the upcoming golf day rather than running around with the refreshments buggy”.

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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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