Final push

Glass Times editor Nathan Bushell congratulates GM Fundraising on the latest cycling challenge, which concluded at the beginning of the week.

On Saturday June 22, the GM Fundraising cycling team arrived at Hope House in Oswestry marking the end of From Russia With Hope, the latest GM Fundraising cycling challenge.

Ten countries in 12 days, from the Russian border through Europe and back to the UK, cycling more than 2,700 miles, 60,000ft of climbing, and upwards of 9,000,000 pedal turns.

Gary Morton, cyclist and founder of GM Fundraising, said: “What set out to be the final and most epic of all the GM Fundraising challenges has certainly proved to be so. With many tribulations along the way, such as road closures, breakdowns and punctures, torrential rain and soaring temperatures, and more climbing than anticipated, the team of 18 from the fenestration industry certainly rose to the challenge – nothing was going to stop us.

“And the fantastic support team kept us all going.

“While it’s been an incredible journey we weren’t doing this for the fun. The purpose is to raise as much as possible for the children and families looked after by Hope House Children’s Hospices. Their presence was with us at every pedal turn thanks to our three mascots: Charlie, Clara and Amelia. We rode in teams dedicated to one of them and each adorned their badge every day. It certainly helps to focus you when the going is tough.

“The support of our followers, including a special message from Boycie, from Only Fools and Horses, really helped as well. We’ve already had fantastic support, but our goal is to raise over £200,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospices. Please help us with this final push. Even just a small amount makes a huge difference.”

Glass Times salutes each and every one of you. Well done.