My toughest cycle challenge yet #gmfb2b

I am taking part in the GMFB2B cycle ride over 11 days in June, spanning 2,016 miles between Vancouver, Canada and Tijuana, Mexico, offering up 92,295 feet of climbing and temperatures in excess of 40 degrees, the GM Fundraising Border2Border Cycling Challenge will be the toughest cycle ride I have ever done.

Much of the ride will be taking place in the absolute wilderness of mountains and deserts including the Cascade Mountains, Colombian Plateau, Sacramento Valley, Californian Coastal Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert and the San Antonio Mountains. It’s going to be tough, but the whole team have been dedicated to training and we have an excellent back up team to support us too. And let’s not forget why we are putting ourselves through this: Hope House Children’s Hospices will benefit from every penny raised.  Hope House provides palliative care for children with terminal conditions and support for their families, both on site and in their homes.

This is the fifth epic cycling challenge I have taken part in with GM Fundraising – three times as a rider and once as support – so I have seen the momentum we have gained in terms of raising funds for Hope House and the difference we’ve made. This is my motivation for taking part in the Border2Border challenge.  I am most looking forward to crossing the finish line but I can’t deny the comradery that this sort of shared experience and challenge brings to the team is a great part of the experience.

I set off Friday 10th June – to follow my progress and the rest of the team you can visit the GM Fundraising site http://www.gmfundraising.co.uk/border2border/, or look out for posts on Facebook and Twitter using the #GMFB2B hashtag.  If you would like to show your support you can sponsor me at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sadlerb2b

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The Poppy Ride 2014

Just getting ready for the start of the Poppy Ride on the 27th September, this time donations by the team are going to the Royal British Legion and as normal all participants pay for their own passage, I have been give the honorary rank of Brigadier which will allow me reprimand the squad for shoddy performance, quite looking forward to that.

Below is a short film to commemorate the start

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The Million Pound Christmas

Team GM Fundraising 2013

The glazing sectors adopted charity, GM Fundraising, surpassed their second major milestone of 2013 at their recent Christmas Gala Dinner.

Despite a mid-event fire alarm evacuation, more than three hundred of the great and good of the industry celebrated till the early hours, at the same time raising an incredible £33,974 for GM Fundraising on the night. This amount took GMF past the £1,000,000 of funds raised solely for Hope House Children’s Hospices; the group having already reached their ambitious target of a million in total funds raised with the Hope 66 Cycle ride across America. Total funds raised now stands at a mammoth £1,106,000.

This event marked the end of a frantic year for the GMF team, having hosted the dinner, a golf day and of course the much publicised Hope 66 ride, which itself raised an incredible £180,606.35.

Alan Sadler commented “Naturally the team are all delighted, first to have passed our million pound objective in September and then in turn to pass that same milestone in donations to Hope House alone. This has been a remarkably busy period for the team and to have achieved these two landmarks makes it all worthwhile.”

Chairman of GM Fundraising Gary Morton commented  ‘Once again, I find myself thanking this wonderful industry of ours, who continue to support us, time after time, in helping the kids and families at Hope House. I think everyone concerned needs a well-earned break for now, but we will be working on new objectives throughout 2014. I should also mention the wonderful GM Fundraising team of Alan Sadler from Profix, David Broxton of Bohle, Graeme Bailey of Business Micros, Iain McInnes, of McInnes Communications and Mike Derham of Mighton Products. Without these people GMF would not exist.’

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Massive £ 180,606.35 from Hope 66 Ride

The Hope 66 Team

As the GM Fundraising Hope 66 Team gets out of their Lycra and back to their respective day jobs, the charity Team are thrilled to announce that they have raised an incredible £180,606.35 for Hope House Children’s Hospices.

This is the largest amount ever raised in a single event by GM Fundraising and by some considerable margin and it seems overwhelming that the original target of £75,000 was surpassed by over £100,000.

More than ever the industry and their friends and families have got behind this latest charity adventure from GM Fundraising and the impact of social media and the blog has also done much to spread the word. Not only have the riders and support teams experienced the challenge of a lifetime, but also they have helped raise considerable and much needed funds for Hope House.

GM Fundraising is now hoping to surpass the £1mllion mark for Hope House at their Christmas Extravaganza, where just a few tables remain. It seemed unconceivable at the time, that a charity that was launched in 1995 by Gary Morton and a few industry friends has raised such an inspiring amount, testament to their commitment and those who have participated and supported the events over the years.

Moreover, little did the team of GM Fundraising think that back in 2005 when they set off on their first cycling adventure from John O’Groats to Lands End that they would go on to ride across Europe and North America twice. Collectively these cycling events have raised over £405,000.

Profix Group Director Alan Sadler commented “I am honoured to be part of the GM Fundraising team and hope that whatever I can contribute to the ongoing support for Hope House that it will will help the children and families who depend on the fantastic care they provide”

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Meeting Mark Colbourne MBE

You don’t meet many people in life who offer real inspiration, but I have to say after spending a day with Mark Colbourne MBE he gave me and the Hope 66 team a much needed boost.

Mark Colbourne in the autumn of 2011 was given the opportunity by the Great Britain Para-cycling team to perform at the 2011 World Para-cycling Road Championships in Roskilde in Denmark, only 2 years after leaving Hospital with a broken back. Mark Colbourne accepted this challenge and confidently raced in the 10 mile individual road time trial event and incredibly won the Silver medal, just slightly behind the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Champion Michael Teuber from Germany.

In the summer of 2011 Mark Colbourne entered into his first summer of road and time trial racing for the Great Britain Para-cycling team as a guest rider with the team and he certainly didn’t disappoint his country with his gutsy performances. He raced in three P1 International events across Europe and came away with 3 podium placed medals and then went on to win a further 2 Silver medals in both Para-cycling World Cup races in Segovia Spain and in Baie-Comeau Canada.

During his visit to ride with the Hope66 team and our visit to Hope House we had a chat with Mark about his amazing story 

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New GM Fundraising Website

We have just launched the new GM Fundraising website with a new look and content rich at www.gmfundraising.co.uk, thanks to considerable efforts from the team and from specialist digital marketing agency,Motionlab.

The new website includes details of past events including our various cycling challenges, golf days and gala dinners. There’s also news and Twitter feeds, ability to donate and information about Hope House Children’s Hospices, who we’ve supported for the last 15 years.

In addition, there’s background information about GM Fundraising, which is widely considered as the charity of choice by the glazing industry. There is also a short biography on each team member, each of whom give considerable time into such a worthy cause, not to mention the notable out of pocket expenses that they each have to absorb. Gary Morton is the founder and chairman of the charity and is ably supported by Graeme Bailey, Dave Broxton, Iain McInnes and myself.

There’s a distinctly fun feel to the new website which also details our latest challenge, Hope 66, which has been supported by Mighton Products. Hope 66 will see a team of 15 riders tackle the remnants of the iconic Route 66 in 14 days with 6 support crew in September this year. The team will tackle the winds of the Mid-West, heat of the Arizona desert and the mountains of the Southern Rockies, before they reach Santa Monica for a well earned rest.

Alan Sadler

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When Hope Became Glory

Putting the Fun into Fundraising

I have always been very proud to be part of the GM Fundraising team and not only did this year’s Gala Dinner proved to be highly entertaining under the banner of Back 2 Black, but more importantly it helped raise a glorious £37,289 pounds for Hope House Children’s Hospice.

The event that was held on 28th April 2012 at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham, was attended by over 240 guests and generated one of the largest totals ever for the GM Fundraising Gala Dinner, up over 30% on the last one. In addition to the dinner, there was Olympic themed entertainment throughout the show and a charity auction.

There were a number of prizes donated and auction winners included Gareth Mobley from Solidor who won a British Cycling signed jersey and a signed Lionel Messi shirt won by Leon Day of Universal Arches.  The media advertising package generated the considerable interest and thanks goes to the industry for their long-term support and David Leng of Synseal for the winning bid. Finally, a painting by the children of Hope House provided for a more emotive auction item.

Getting down on the tables

The Gala Dinner was also used to announce the charity’s latest cycling adventure, Hope 66, in which 12 cyclists will tackle the iconic Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, Los Angeles in just 12 days.  In September 2013 the riders and support crew will tackle the 2,500 mile challenge, which is already at the final planning stages with riders and support crew already confirmed. There still remain a few sponsorship opportunities.

Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising commented: “It never fails to amaze me how charitable the guests are and this has to go down as one of the best gala dinners yet. We’ve now raised over £850,000 and want to reach our £1million pound target by the end of 2013 and with the wonderful support of the industry and the GMF team, I believe we’ll do it.”

To keep up to date with the activities of GM Fundraising follow us on Twitter @gmfundraising and help build the following. Or if you wish to be a sponsor of Hope 66, then contact Gary Morton on gary@mighton.co.uk or alan@profix.biz

Alan Sadler

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Green Deal or No Deal

Many organisations from various business sectors are looking to this year’s proposed Green Deal as a key element to boost the home improvement market, which hopefully it will but from what I am learning as I explore this opportunity it is not as straight forward as we might think.

The new meaning for Greenhouse

As a “Double Glazing” man, there is said it out loud, I am one of the many that hope it will give us something to get our teeth into but I think there is a lot more to it than knocking someone’s door and saying “ Want your windows done Mrs the Electric company will pay”.

I draw many similarities to the former Decent Home Scheme where the government stumped up a few quid in order to raise the standard of thousands of homes in the United Kingdom, unfortunately this scheme was scrapped due to cutbacks which left many of us with an empty order book.

This scheme was delivered through partnering which really meant main contractors and procurement agencies orchestrating the schemes not the SME are who actually did the work.

From what I see the products will be controlled into the market by The Green Deal providers who will do the Energy Survey arrange finance and control the supply chain and products into the installation, reading the criteria it appears a little out of reach for the average company.

In addition to this the method for repayment of the loan is measurable savings and meter feed in revenue so to me indicates that the key element of the whole scheme is Solar to provide an easy measurable repayment vehicle, can’t see windows alone doing this because the home owner would need to guarantee a reduction in energy and it may not meet the financial model for repayment.

My advice to my fellow “Double Glaziers” is get your products certified and performing to the best thermal efficiency and security possible our Protherm Windows are available with Secured by Design with a U Value of 0.8W/m2K and our Prodoor Composite Door at 1.0W/m2K and we will continue strive to do better.

Review your own business practices and its carbon footprint because this will play a part in the decision making process by the big boys because it is how they are scored also.

Then get yourself amongst the market leaders and let them know you can offer a good local service because part of the overview will be local sustainability and social impact so don’t ignore it, call me a tree hugger but every application and tender I submit focuses on sustainability and we enforce it throughout our working practices.

If you just focus on being “in the game” with the bigger organisations who provide The Green Deal then I believe you will reap some rewards but don’t wait until October or it might be too late.

Good Luck

Alan Sadler

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GM Fundraising Back to Black

GM Fundraising will be going ‘Back to Black’ with an Olympic theme, for their next Gala Dinner on 28th April 2012, at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham. With nearly 50% of tables sold pre launch, those that are looking to go to what is regarded as the industry’s best night out in terms of entertainment, need to book quickly.

While the last few Gala Dinners for GMF have been themed in terms of what to wear, this year the glazing industry’s preferred charity, is going back to ‘black tie and posh frock’, which has proved so successful in other years. However, the evening will take a distinctly Olympic theme, as London 2012 becomes ever closer and the night’s festivities will follow this course.

Black Tie Posh Frock

Like every GMF Gala Dinner, the evening will offer remarkable entertainment, great food in the form of a 4-course dinner, wine, a charity auction and raffle, but above all, the opportunity to support Hope House Children’s Hospices. For the seventh event running, the charity has again held table prices at just £995 for a table of ten and has agreed a fabulous rate at the hotel of £75.00 per room, for two people sharing, inclusive of breakfast and VAT.

Gary Morton, chairman of GM Fundraising, comments: “We’re going back to black, but with an Olympic theme and we promise an evening packed full of entertainment. Like all of our events we want to offer outstanding value, fun and a platform for raising much needed funds for the charity. It’s the perfect opportunity to entertain staff, customers and to bring your partners.”

Tables are running out quickly, so to reserve yours today, please contact Gary Morton on gary@mighton.co.uk or telephone 07831 608882. The GMF Team look forward to seeing you there and supporting GM Fundraising. You can also help us build our Twitter and Facebook following @GMFundraising.

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Happy 80th Deadly Doris

80 years ago today (1st Feb) a world changing moment happened, the world was graced with the addition of a beautiful soul, my mom Doris.

Leading up to this historic day she has dropped her shoulder a few times on actually admitting how old is she really is, like the queen I am sure she has several birthdays a year and misses a few every other leap year.

Our Mom

For those who know “Deadly Dancin Doris” you may agree she is a bit of a case!  and puts her own slant on common phrases when getting her ”worms middled up” but can reduce a crowd to silence with tales from her youth when she was one of 7 children bought up single handed by her mom Polly due to the early passing of her father.

One of my favourites is when her friends were going swimming but because the family was so poor she didn’t have a bathing costume, so her friends decided to make her one from some old velvet curtains, so off she went feeling proud as punch with her new regalia.

This joy was short lived due to the stitching in the swimsuit coming apart leaving her in the shallows clutching the living room drapes to try and preserve her dignity.

She didn’t learn to drive until she was 60 and a trip in her rally Ford KA is enough to make Evil Kinevil brick it, pulling off at 6000 rpm riding the clutch while waving to us is a sight to behold.

While we were growing she always had her hands full with 3 sons and as we got older and faster we managed to escape the clip around the ear, but she was a bit too street wise for us, a few strategically placed fishing rod tops gave her the extension to our backsides she needed to get her point across.

So happy birthday my beautiful mother you don’t look or act 80 and thanks for always being the one who pulls our family together and smothering us in love and affection.

Love ya Dexter x x x

Alan

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