Members of the GM Fundraising team recently presented a cheque for £208,891.72 to Hope House Children’s Hospices, which provides palliative care for children with terminal conditions and support for their families.   The final amount was the result of the tremendous efforts made by the team of the 2019 From Russia With Hope cycling challenge.

Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising, said: “From Russia With Hope was our last cycling challenge and we really went out on a high. Raising £208,891.72 is simply astounding – it’s the biggest amount an event of ours has ever raised and we are delighted. Each member of the team would like to thank everyone who sponsored them on this cycling challenge. Thanks must also go to headline sponsor Brisant Secure, who supported us at every level throughout the journey.”

From Russia With Hope was the last of seven great cycling challenges organised by GM Fundraising. It saw 18 cyclists (plus six support crew members) cycle 2,730 miles through 10 countries in 12 days from St Petersburg in Russia to Hope House in Oswestry, Shropshire.

Gary commented: “While we might have hung up our cycling clips, the challenge is not over. 2020 marks our silver jubilee anniversary and it’s going to be a huge year for GM Fundraising with a variety of events taking place.”

One of the biggest of these will be the second all-women challenge, which has the Epwin Group as its headline sponsor. Peak, Paddle, Pedal will see the 12 members of the team climbing Snowdon, canoeing 150 miles down the length of the River Severn and cycling 150 miles back to Hope House in Oswestry – all over eight days next August.

Gary concluded: “2020 will also see us reach the £2 million fundraising milestone for Hope House Children’s Hospices. It’s yet another milestone that we are understandably proud to have reached.”