Fundraising total

GM Fundraising raised more than £142,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospices in 2018, which takes their total amount raised over the last 22 years to £1.83 million.

Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising, said: “With no large cycling event taking place this year, it was supposed to be a quiet one. Therefore, to be able to announce this fantastic total is testament to the continued generosity of our industry as a whole. Once again, our supporters have pulled together to help us support the children and families of Hope House Children’s Hospices, to whom we donate every penny we raise.

“Predominantly, this year was about golf for us; we hosted our annual golf tournament in Telford, which raised £43,044, and we also saw the return of the GMF Cup – our prestigious Ryder Cup style golf competition.

“Many of the original team of 24 golfers returned to take up the GMF Cup challenge, which took place in September at the world-class international resort of Quinta Do Lago in Portugal and raised a little under £45,000. Away from golf, the 20th GM Fundraising Gala Dinner – Circus Berserkus – celebrated our supporters’ take on the weird and wonderful world of the circus. From clowns to mime artists, strongmen to bearded and tattooed ladies, the evening was electric and raised £66,814.76 – the most we’ve ever raised at a Gala Dinner.

“The remaining funds have been donated by our supporters from their own initiatives. For example, Caldwell Hardware has selected GM Fundraising as their nominated charity. This means that the proceeds from any fundraising carried out within the business, ie, dress down days and other office events, are donated to GM Fundraising. This year they have donated £1,500.

“Emplas celebrate its 40th birthday with a large gathering of business associates and friends at its factory in Wellingborough. It ran a raffle on the day in aid of GM Fundraising and raised £1,359.

“Brisant Secure celebrated the successful results of salt water testing on LockLock – donating £5,000 to mark the 5,000-hour test. They have also agreed to be headline sponsor of our next and last cycling challenge: ‘From Russia With Hope’.”

GM Fundraising’s aim is to raise £2 million for Hope House Children’s Hospices by 2020.