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GMF reveals 2018 total
8th January 2019

GM Fundraising has announced that it raised over £142,000 in 2018, taking it even nearer to its long-held target of hitting £2million by 2020.

The figure means the industry’s major charity organisation has now raised £1.83million on behalf of Hope House Childrens’ Hospices in the 22 years since its launch.

Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising added that the sum was achieved without the year having had a major cycling event as in previous years: “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, this 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 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!”


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