Industry encouraged to take up charity cycling challenge

GM Fundraising, which brands itself the window sector’s charity, has launched a new team cycling challenge, to be held on Sunday 8 August 2021. The event, called the ‘GMF 100’ is sponsored by Epwin Window Systems, and will see company teams of up to six people cycle 100 miles. Sponsorship funds will go directly to Hope House Children’s Hospices, which provides palliative care for children with life-limiting conditions, and supports those children’s families.

Gary Morton, GM Fundraising’s founder, said: “With so many events being cancelled or postponed in the last 12 months due to the pandemic, the ‘GMF 100’ gives us an opportunity to help raise some much-needed funds for Hope House Children’s Hospices in a safe and fun way.” Clare O’Hara, managing director of Epwin Window Systems, added: “We’re the headline sponsors of the ‘Peak, Paddle, Pedal’ event, but as this has been postponed to 2022, we wanted to find a way to support GM Fundraising and Hope House Children’s Hospices in 2021. We’re delighted to be supporting the ‘GMF 100’ Cycling Challenge.”

The ‘GMF 100’ is open to all companies in the window and glazing industry, with 20 team places available. To take part, a company needs to submit a team of six people. Between them, the team members need to cycle 100 miles on Sunday 8 August, from their factory or premises. Entries cost £1,000 per team and team members are encouraged to raise sponsorship with a minimum contribution of £200 per rider, or £1,200 per team of six.

Gary said: “Every team member will receive a GMF 100 t-shirt and water bottle. We’re also on hand to help with route planning if we’re needed. Certificates for the company and each rider will be issued on completion of the challenge.”

The mission of Hope House Children’s Hospices is to ensure that no one should face the death of a child alone. The charity’s services cost £6.5m each year to run; 86% of that figure is spent on care. Over 95% of Hope House’s annual costs are met through charitable donations. GM Fundraising is its largest single donor. Since it was established in 1995, GM Fundraising has raised over £2m for Hope House Children’s Hospices.

Gary concluded: “We’re very excited about this event, which is a new format for GM Fundraising and gives us a way to continue our mission of putting the fun into fundraising, even in Covid times. We’d love to see as many teams as possible taking part and helping us continue our support for Hope House Children’s Hospices.”