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Get to paddling and pedaling at FiT Show 2017

Paddle2Pedal Challenge stand B16

Clare O’Hara, Divisional Managing Director of Epwin, and GMF P2P team member

Later this year a team of 12 ladies from the fenestration industry will be taking up the Paddle2Pedal Challenge. Proudly sponsored by Epwin Group, the first ever GM Fundraising all-female event will see the team canoe 100 miles of the River Wye, abseiling the rock face at Symonds Yat, before cycling 120 miles to Oswestry to meet some of the children and families from Hope House Children’s Hospice – the very people they are fundraising for. In total, they will cover 220 miles of roads and rivers with some tough challenges along the way.

Supporting the team on their journey that takes place August 20th are GM Fundraising cycling challenge veterans, Gary Morton and Alan Sadler, as well as Canoe expert Mark Bache from Epwin Group.

Keen to show as much support as possible for the incredible ladies and the charity, the FIT Show has offered a stand at this year’s show to the cause in order to help raise awareness and help those involved raise as much money as they can.

Clare O’Hara, Divisional Managing Director of Epwin, and GMF P2P team member, is looking forward to it. “I have followed the previous challenges run by GM Fundraising with interest, and have wanted to do an all-female event for quite some time,” she explained.

“When we came up with the concept of Paddle2Pedal I couldn’t wait to get involved! I am grateful to the support of Epwin Group, who are completely behind their three members of staff taking up the challenge, and are also the headline sponsor of the whole event.

The full list of ladies taking part in the P2P Challenge are: Clare O’Hara and Katrina Earl of Epwin, Helen Noble and Nikki Dunbar of Liniar, GGF’s Natasha Erskine, AluK’s Sioned Webb, Quickslide’s Amy Perrin, Kolorseal’s Deborah Hendry, Edgetech’s Charlotte Davies, Christina Shaw of Glass News, Sarah Ball of Balls2Marketing and Tina Moorehouse of Oakland Glass.

Come along to stand B16 to find out more about the team and the Paddle2Pedal Challenge.

Donations can be made here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/GMFP2P



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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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