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Bravo, Bravo – a great night at Circus Beserkus!

After each Gala Dinner put on by the team at GM Fundraising, the general feeling from all who attends is that they get better and better every time – and this year was no exception, as the Crowne Plaza in Stratford-on-Avon played host to the madness that was, Circus Beserkus.

From clowns to mime artists, strongmen to bearded and tattooed ladies – the weird and wonderful world of the circus was well represented, as Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising explains: “This year’s Gala Dinner was the 20th one we’ve delivered and they just seem go from strength to strength. Everybody really throws themselves into the theme with some really fantastic outfits and a great time is had by all who attend. Of course, it’s not just about us all having a great time – we’re there to raise much needed funds for Hope House Children’s Hospice, and yet again, this wonderful industry of ours, didn’t fail to disappoint.

“The total amount raised on the night was £66,814.76 – the most we’ve ever raised at a Gala Dinner. As always, our thanks go to everyone who supported us with the raffle and auction prizes, as well as everyone who attended and played a part in the evening. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the ongoing, unwavering support we receive from this fantastic industry we all work in.

“Every penny we raise goes directly to Hope House, who provide vital care and support to children with life limiting illnesses and their families. At GM Fundraising, we will continue to do everything we can in order to support the great work they do. After hitting the £1m milestone of total funds raised in 2014, we’ve now set ourselves a target to go on and hit the £2m marker by 2020 and thanks to Circus Beserkus, we’re off to a great start.”

The next event held by GM Fundraising is the GMF Golf Day at Telford Hotel Golf & Spa Resort taking place on 5th July. For more information and to follow our progress, follow us on twitter @gmfundraising or like us on Facebook /gmfundraising or find out more at www.gmfundraising.co.uk #forthekids #2by2020

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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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