As we start 2019, GM Fundraising announces that the final tally of funds raised last year on behalf of Hope House Children’s Hospices is in excess of £142,000, which takes their total amount raised over the last 22 years to £1.83 million.
Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising comments: “With no large cycling event taking place last year, it was supposed to be a quiet one! Therefore, to be able to announce this fantastic total is testament to the continued generosity of our industry as a whole. Once again, our supporters have pulled together to help us support the children and families of Hope House Children’s Hospices, to whom we donate every penny we raise.
“Predominantly, last year was about golf for us: We hosted our annual golf tournament in Telford, which raised £43,044 and we also saw the return of the GMF Cup – our prestigious Ryder Cup style golf competition. Many of the original team of 24 golfers returned to take up the GMF Cup challenge, which took place in September at the world-class international resort of Quinta Do Lago in Portugal and raised a little under £45,000. Away from golf, the 20th GM Fundraising Gala Dinner – Circus Berserkus – celebrated our supporters take on the weird and wonderful world of the circus. From clowns to mime artists, strongmen to bearded and tattooed ladies, the evening was electric and raised £66,814.76 – the most we’ve ever raised at a Gala Dinner.
“The remaining funds have been donated by our supporters from their own initiatives. For example, Caldwell Hardware has selected GM Fundraising as their nominated charity. This means that the proceeds from any fundraising carried out within the business, i.e. dress down days and other office events, are donated to GM Fundraising. This year they have donated £1,500.
“Emplas celebrated their 40th birthday with a large gathering of business associates and friends at their factory in Wellingborough. They ran a raffle on the day in aid of GM Fundraising and raised £1,359.
“Brisant Secure celebrated the successful results of salt water testing on LockLock – donating £5,000 to mark the 5,000-hour test. They have also agreed to be headline sponsor of our next and last cycling challenge – ‘From Russia With Hope’.
“Our aim is to raise £2m by 2020. #2by2020 Our focus for next year will be supporting the ‘From Russia With Hope’ team throughout the build-up and execution of the ride, where they will cycle 10 countries in 12 days, covering 2,730 miles and 34,000ft of climbing, before ending up at Hope House in Oswestry on 22nd June. We will also host our annual golf day. This is a great start, but we need your help too. If you have any events taking place next year or have an idea that you would like to put in to motion, then please get in touch with a member of the GM Fundraising team: Myself, Alan Sadler from Profix Group, Graeme Bailey from Business Micros, Susie Sinden from Brouha Marketing, Adrian Barraclough from Quickslide, or Alison Marsh from Hope House, will be happy to help if we can!”
“Thank you once again from GM Fundraising for your ongoing support of the amazing work that Hope House delivers to the children and families in their care. We wish you season’s greeting and a healthy, prosperous 2019.”
Here’s a round-up of our year: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSLV-U4lXLE
For more information on GM Fundraising, visit: www.gmfundraising.co.uk