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Paddle2Pedal final fund announced

GM Fundraising is absolutely delighted to announce the final Paddle2Pedal fundraising total of £108,494. The total was announced at the prestigious G Awards on Friday 17th November, where those from the team in attendance were invited onto the stage to hear the announcement.

The inaugural “Girls Only” event, which was completed over 7 days in August this year by 12 ladies from the fenestration industry, saw them canoe 100 miles of the River Wye, abseil 135ft down Symonds Yat and cycle 120 miles to Hope House in Oswestry.

“This fantastic total is a true reflection of the team’s sheer grit and determination shown throughout, not just in the challenge itself, but in their training and fundraising efforts too,” says Gary Morton, chairman of GM Fundraising. “This was the first all-female challenge GM Fundraising has ever organised and the 12-strong team certainly gave the boys a run for their money, myself included. Over the 20 years of GM Fundraising, and with all the events we have organised, you develop certain expectations of an inaugural event but the girls smashed it in every way. The camaraderie and team ethic was so strong; each and every member dug deep, pulled through and supported each other to do the same. What a huge success!

“Special thanks must go to our headline sponsor Epwin Group, who not only contributed financially to this challenge, but also allowed the time for two of their leading ladies to take part, as well as Finance Director to lead the canoeing element of this challenge.

“All the money raised goes directly to Hope House Children’s Hospices as each of the team covered their own costs for the challenge. We were also supported by our Headline sponsor Epwin Group, along with FIT Show, The Glazine and CentralRPL.

Andy Goldsmith, Chief Executive of Hope House adds: “Every year, long-time supporters GM Fundraising go that extra mile to help the children and families who need us. This year they went even further than even they dreamed possible with the Paddle 2 Peddle team who have raised over £108,000. This is enough to pay for all the running costs for specialist care to children at Hope House Children’s Hospice for 10 days which is truly staggering! There are not enough words in the English dictionary to describe how grateful we are or how lucky we feel to have such wonderful support from the whole team. A huge thank you.”

Gary concludes: “Thank you to everyone that has supported us throughout – and not just from GM Fundraising and the Paddle2Pedal team, but from all the children, families and staff at Hope House.”

The team consisted: Clare O’Hara (Epwin Group), Katrina Earl (Epwin Group), Christina Shaw (Glass News), Natasha Erskine (GGF), Charlotte Davies (Edgetech), Sarah Ball (Balls2Marketing), Tina Moorhouse (Oakland Glass), Deborah Hendry (Kolorseal), Amy Perrin (Quickslide), Helen Noble (Liniar), Nikki Dunbar (Liniar) & Sioned Webb (ALUK), and were supported by Gary Morton (GM Fundraising), Alan Sadler (GM Fundraising), Graeme Bailey (GM Fundraising), Glyn Moorhouse (Oakland Glass) and Justin Lazenby (Glass News).

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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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