I am proud to be part of GM Fundraising, the glazing industry’s charity of choice, and we have just handed over a cheque for £102,880.71 to Hope House Children’s Hospices after yet another action packed year of cycling, golf and some school antics !
The main focus of the year was the Rome 2 Home bike ride, a 1,500 mile cycle ride from Rome to Hope House Children’s Hospice in Oswestry. This included the Tour De France’s most feared climb, Mont Ventoux. On average it took riders 2 hours to cycle up the infamous 16.27 mile climb to an elevation of 6,273 feet at the summit, twice the height of England’s highest mountain. “2 hours of hell” as someone explained!
In addition to this latest cycling epic, there was the annual golf day and the Skoolz Out Gala Dinner that provided further, much needed, funds for Hope House Children’s Hospices.
Following a recent visit by the GM Fundraising team, the hospice will be soon opening a new centre which is being specifically built to provide bereavement counselling for both parents and siblings.
GMF chairman, Gary Morton, comments: “We’ve had another amazing year with yet another bike ride, golf day and the gala dinner. The money raised was due almost entirely to the generosity of the window and glass industry, who even in such difficult times, continue to support us. This money will directly support terminally ill children and their families. We want to do so much more for them and carry on the momentum we have built over the last 16 years.”
He continues: ”We’ve got exciting plans for 2011 so watch this space or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or at www.gmfundraising.co.uk ”