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The ‘Toughest Yet’ Raised The Biggest Yet

GM Fundraising’s Border2Border, aised a phenomenal £195,766.92

GM Fundraising’s Border2Border cycling challenge that took place in June this year has raised record funds for Hope House Children’s Hospice’s by beating all other previous events organised over the last 20 years. The team of 24 riders and support crew cycled from Canada to Mexico over 11 days covering 2,111 miles and 94,600ft of climbing with 864,000 calories burned and 4,536,000 peddle turns (cadence).

“All funds and pledges have now been collected and we are absolutely delighted to announce that the Border2Border challenge has raised a phenomenal £195,766.92 - the most we have ever raised from one event,” says Gary Morton, Chairman of GM Fundraising and B2B team member.

“All of this has come from the hard work of every one that took part in the challenge and of course, the support of our amazing industry. The riders and support crew put in an immense amount of effort to raise support for their challenge. All the money raised goes directly to Hope House Children’s Hospices as each of the team covered their own costs for the ride. We were also supported by our Headline sponsor Deceuninck, who not only contributed to the cost of the ride, but also welcomed us to their new plant in Reno during the trip.

“Thank you to everyone that has supported us throughout – and not just from GM Fundraising and the Border2Border team, but from all the children, families and staff at Hope House.”

Andy Goldsmith, Chief Executive of Hope House adds: “The support we receive from GM Fundraising is critical. Hope House is more than just a hospice; it’s a service and by providing support to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families, our aim is to improve their quality of life in any way possible. 84% of our funding comes from donations and the amount raised by this ride alone will help us offer more time, to more children and families.

It takes determined people to successfully plan, organise and undertake a fundraiser such as the GMF Border2Border challenge. It takes extraordinary people to take on such a challenge simply to help children not expected to reach early adulthood. The GM Fundraising Border2Border team are those special people for which we are truly grateful”

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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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