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Roll up, roll up for a night at Circus Beserkus

Tables are still available for Circus Beserkus – the 19th GM Fundraising Gala Dinner, which is taking place on 9th June 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Stratford-upon-Avon and is aptly named for its aim to celebrate the spirit of vintage circus.

“Around 300 guests will be entertained by the thrills and spills of the traditional circus that plans to be anarchic and outrageous, with some sinister glamour thrown in”, says Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising. “Our dinners are traditionally a black-tie event and fancy dress is always optional, but why not embrace the spirit of circus and come dressed as a sinister clown, trapeze artist, strong man, bearded lady, human canon ball, or a lion tamer – the weirder the better! If not, then Black tie is absolutely fine as well.

“The Gala Dinner is one of our signature events and one which has been with us from the start and we are delighted to see it return to the calendar for the 19th time. Our last dinner, the Witches & Wizards Halloween themed affair which took place in October 2016 was the most successful dinner yet, raising £41,550. It will be a tough act to follow, but we are excited about the plans for the evening and have some fantastic prizes for the raffle and auction.

“For GM Fundraising, it’s all about having fun whilst raising much needed funds for charity and the dinner will be another fantastic opportunity to get all our supporters together to do just that. All proceeds raised from ticket sales and during the evening itself, go directly to support the efforts of Hope House Children’s Hospices, who provide vital care and support to children and with life limiting illnesses.

“There are a few tables left, so why not join us. Tables of 10 can be purchased for just £1,195 - contact me: gary@gmfundraising.co.uk, or speak to any member of the team for more information.”

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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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