The GM Fundraising Hope 66 Team has now safely completed their 2,616 mile epic journey across the remnants of Route 66, raising in excess of £150,000 in the process.
It was an incredible journey for both the 15 cyclists and 7 support crew, facing flash floods in Arizona, temperatures in excess of 40 degrees in the desert and the challenge of cycling through ski resorts in the mountainous days. It seems incredible that the team have raised over £150,000 with further monies due, clearly the largest individual sum every raised by GM Fundraising by some considerable way.
This cycling challenge more than any other has truly captured the imagination of the industry with Facebook seemingly swelled daily with a huge level of support and accompanying images. For the cyclists in particular, it kept them motivated during the most of arduous of days. Furthermore, two of the support crew were interviewed for local TV, such was the interest generated in the USA.
Big thanks has to go to Mighton Products as headline sponsor, without whom the challenge wouldn’t even have got off the ground, along with the support crew who were carrying out duties long after the cyclists had finished their daily riding.
Gary Morton, chairman of GM Fundraising comments: ‘Words cannot express my delight in the success of Hope 66 both in terms of the money raised and getting the team safely to the finish. We’re now ever so close to reaching the £1million barrier which we hope to break during the Christmas Gala Dinner.’
He continues: ‘A massive, massive thank you to everyone involved including the riders, support team, Mighton Products and everyone that has donated. You’ve made a huge contribution to the children and families of Hope House.’
For further information log on to www.gmfundraising.co.uk, add to their Twitter following @gmfundraising, or look for their Facebook page. If you’re quick you can also make a final donation at www.justgiving.com/teams/hope66.