On Saturday 22nd June, the GM Fundraising cycling team arrived at Hope House in Oswestry marking the end of ‘From Russia With Hope’, the latest GM Fundraising charity cycling challenge. 10 countries in 12 days, from the Russian border through Finland, into the Arctic Circle, on through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, England, Wales, and back into England again, cycling over 2,700 miles, 60,000ft of climbing and upwards of 9,000,000 pedal turns.
Gary Morton, cyclist and founder of GM Fundraising tells us more: “What set out to be the final and most epic of all the GM Fundraising challenges has certainly proved to be so. With many tribulations along the way, such as road closures, breakdowns and punctures, torrential rain and soaring temperatures, and more climbing than anticipated, the team of eighteen from the fenestration industry certainly rose to the challenge – nothing was going to stop us! And our fantastic support team endeavoured to keep us all going.
“While it’s been an incredible journey, we weren’t doing this for fun. The purpose is to raise as much as possible for the children and families looked after by Hope House Children’s Hospices. Children such as Charlie, Clara and Amelia, who were our mascots for the ride. Each cycling team is dedicated to one of them and we each adorned their badge every day. It certainly helps to focus you when the going is tough. The support of our followers, including a special message from Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, really helped as well. We’ve already had fantastic support, but our goal is to raise over £200,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospices – please help us with this final push. Even just a small amount makes a huge difference. You can sponsor via