Dave, who joined the GM Fundraising team in 2004 after a number of years attending GMF events, has supported all seven GMF charity cycle rides, launched the first GMF golf day in 2004 and has participated in all the other events over the last twelve years. Most recently, he was responsible for planning the Deceuninck sponsored Border2Border Cycling Challenge route and led the support team on the ride.
Speaking at the end of ride party, Dave said: “Border2Border has been the last and, for me, the best of a long list of adventures I have enjoyed whilst working with GM Fundraising. I have countless happy memories from the many gala dinners, golf days and, of course, the previous rides but standing above Crater Lake, Oregon in the snow a few weeks ago was my personal highlight. I am bound to say the team spirit on Border2Border comes a very close second. 23 alpha males and a single female Olympian forced together for over two weeks in the toughest of circumstances without a single cross word and too many hilarious moments to count was a precious thing to be part of and an appropriate conclusion to my personal GM Fundraising journey.”
In the short term Dave will be focussing on his forthcoming marriage to Claire Shilling but plans to continue his charity work on a smaller scale in the Saddleworth area where they live. “It has been a privilege to work with the amazing team at Hope House and I am proud of GM Fundraising’s million pound plus contribution to the Hospice. That said, I am really looking forward to supporting GM Fundraising from the other side now, starting with playing at the upcoming golf day rather than running around with the refreshments buggy.”
Chairman of GM Fundraising, Gary Morton, paid tribute to Dave’s contribution: “Dave has played a pivotal role during his time with the team, specifically on the bike rides. It is with the sincerest of regret that we see him depart, but, given he is moving on with a lovely new wife and arguably a new life, we understand his needs. I only hope he will continue to attend future events and wish both him and Claire a happy life together.”