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GGP August 2015

13 NEWS www.ggpmag.com August 2015 Installer fined £5,400 over ‘A+’ misleading claim BFRC technical director, Gary Morgan, was an expert witness in the prosecution of Direct Choice Home Improvements, Swansea, by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Trading Standards. The charges included describing windows as ‘A+’ energy efficiency rated that were not. The company admitted this offence, and a number of others, and was fined £3,500 plus costs and ordered to pay £1,900 in compensation to the homeowner. Gary Morgan said: “I was asked to inspect windows installed by Direct Choice Home Improvements in a property in Merthyr Tydfil by local Trading Standards. These windows were categorically not ‘A+’ rated and I provided a witness statement to that effect. I was not called as a witness because the installation GM Fundraising Border2Border Challenge The National Velodrome in Manchester played host to the official launch of the 2016 GM Fundraising Cycling Challenge: the GMF Border2Border Cycling Challenge, sponsored by Deceuninck. Taking place over 11 days next June, spanning 2,016 miles between Vancouver, Canada and Tijuana, Mexico, offering up 92,295ft of climbing and temperatures in excess of 40°, the ride is being described as the ‘toughest yet’. Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising, said: “This really is the toughest challenge we’ve ever set ourselves and it promises to be a daunting trial both mentally and physically.” Absolute wilderness “To put it into context, during the Rome2Home ride in 2010, the team tackled the infamous Mount Ventoux, which is one of the Tour De France’s toughest ascents of more than 5,000ft, climbing over almost 13.2 miles. “There are three climbs on the B2B route that are bigger than that Mount Ventoux climb. We will cross seven mountain ranges and much of the ride will be taking place in the absolute wilderness of mountains and deserts including the Cascade Mountains, Columbian Plateau, Sacramento Valley, Californian Coastal Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert and the San Antonio Mountains en route from Canada to Mexico. The ride is the equivalent of riding from the London Eye to the Manchester Velodrome, each and every one of the 11 days. “During the launch event, which included a two hour session on the World Championship velodrome track, we made it clear that riders must be at the peak of fitness by next June. Without the necessary advanced training there is no way even an experienced cyclist would survive this challenge. That’s why the 18 strong riding team will be starting now to get under their belt the 2,500 miles training target prior to the ride, including 75,000ft of climbing and at least 15, 70 plus mile rides over the next 12 months. “And let’s not forget why we’re putting ourselves through this: the fundraising target for the Border2Border Challenge is £100,000 and with industry support we would love to surpass this. Every penny raised goes to Hope House Children’s Hospices because the riders and support team each cover their own costs. We’re also delighted to welcome Deceuninck as our proud headline sponsor and with the support of this leading global brand, we aim to make the 2016 B2B journey a safe and enjoyable experience for all involved.” In Partnership with Deceuninck Roy Frost, managing director of Deceuninck UK, said: “I’ve known Gary for many years and in fact when I was at Everest, took part in the GMF Top2Bottom ride. That’s now a decade ago and since then, I’ve been watching how GM Fundraising has grown and developed to the point where it has really strong brand awareness across the industry. Passion for cycling It’s a great cause and a great charity on a journey that I’m keen to join, so when Gary approached me about both the potential Deceuninck headline sponsorship and joining the challenge as one of the team cyclists, it was an obvious ‘yes’. Although I’ve never been touched directly by the challenge of children’s life limiting illnesses that Hope House faces every day, my first ever charity cycle ride and one that got me seriously into endurance riding, was a London to Paris challenge for which I raised £7,500 for a children’s charity called Keech Cottage. There are other synergies too in that Deceuninck Belgium is well known for its passion for cycling, and thanks to Dave Broxton, who has done the B2B route planning, we have managed to change the route a little to take in Reno, Nevada where a new Deceuninck facility is being opened for North America.” To follow the progress of the team visit: www.gmfundraising.co.uk /border2border, ‘Like’ on Facebook or follow: @gmfundraising on Twitter. Each member of the team has their own dedicated Just Giving page as well as a general team one: www.justgiving.com/teams /GMFB2B company pleaded guilty to all charges.” Paul Lewis, Trading Standards and Licensing manager, Merthyr Tydfil Council, added: “It is important that consumers can rely on the accuracy of the energy efficiency stated by suppliers. Being able to reduce energy bills and reducing our carbon footprint are factors consumers now take into account when making a purchase and as this case emphasises we will investigate cases where consumers have been misled. “The homeowner was mis-sold ‘A+’ by the sales representative of the installation company. She became suspicious after the installation was completed because of the draughts that were coming through the windows.”


GGP August 2015
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