Rising to the challenge

When a space became available on the upcoming ‘From Russia With Hope’ cycling challenge, taking place in June this year, GM Fundraising turned to the fenestration media for help in recruiting someone to take up the challenge.

As a result, Adrian Lewis, owner and managing director of Frames Conservatories Direct in Bury St Edmunds, stepped forward to take up the challenge.

“We are delighted to welcome Adrian to the team,” says Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising. “With just a few months to go until the start of ‘From Russia With Hope’ we thought we may not find someone ready and available to commit at such short notice.

“The level of fitness required is high and you need to be able to commit to the preparation and fundraising too. But Adrian is a strong cyclist who regularly competes in sportives and has done a few large fundraising rides, including cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats last year. And he is determined to give something back by raising lots of support for the children and families at Hope House Children’s Hospices.

“Once again this fantastic industry has come up trumps in their support for GM Fundraising. Thanks to all the media that helped us recruit Adrian to join the team – he is a great asset and we are looking forward to riding with him.”

Adrian said: “Giving something back is very important to me. None of us knows what the future holds and when we might be impacted by the type of support charities like Hope House Children’s Hospices provide.

“This will be the third hospice I have raised funds for and being able to have a positive impact on the quality of the lives of children and their families who spend time there is something very special.

“Experience tells me that completing these long-distance cycle rides is all about team work as you build relationships, share struggles and support each other through every mile.”