Clearview National July 2016 - Issue 176 - Page 27

INDUSTRYNEWS 20 Years Of GM Fundraising The end of April saw the 20th anniversary of the first ever GM Fundraising event. Always intended to be a one-time occasion, a dinner was held in Birmingham to raise money for Zoe’s Place. »»GARY MORTON, FOUNDER OF GM Fundraising comments, “I was asked to be involved in organising this dinner as a one-off event. We aimed to have 300 guests to the Grand Hotel in Birmingham with the target of raising £5,000 for Zoe’s Place, a baby’s hospice in Liverpool. In order to collect the funds, we set up an account at the bank and, with little thought behind it, the account was created in the name of GM (Gary Morton) Fundraising. We smashed our target by raising over £16,500 and it became the bedrock of our fundraising efforts.” “In 2004 we added to our portfolio by organising the first ever Golf Day at Patshull Park Hotel & Golf Club near Wolverhampton. It was then that we also INSECT PROTECTION SOLAR SHADING welcomed Dave Broxton to the team to help run this event.” Dave adds: “The competition was a fourball team Stableford with the two best scores from each hole counting. All proceeds went to Hope House Children’s Hospices. Total Glass were the winners, who went on to represented GM Fundraising in the regional final of ‘The Times’ Corporate Golf Challenge. The event raised over £7,500. “With the Border2Border ride nearly upon us it’s also a timely reminder of the first ever GM Fundraising Cycle Ride, which took place in June 2005. Top2Bottom challenged us to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End. Our target was to raise £15,000 – we raised over £51,000.” VENTILATION Gary concludes: “With your astounding support we have raised more than £1.3 million over the years. The team of industry-based, motivated volunteers who run GM Fundraising, give their time freely and are committed to delivering the highest quality events whilst ensuring that every penny raised reaches the children and families at Hope House. Without the team GM Fundraising would not exist. So thanks go to everyone involved, past and present, and to the wonderful supporters in this great industry of ours.” BLACKOUT BLINDS TAKE SCREENING SERIOUSLY THIS SUMMER When your customers ask about insect screens give Phantom Screens a call. Phantom Screens are the leading provider of retractable screens that let fresh air in whilst keeping insects out – perfect for windows, doors, conservatories, bi-folds and more. Join us and benefit from flexible ways to offer screens to your customers. You survey and fit – training and support provided You survey, we fit – leave the fitting to us We survey and fit – we pay you commission Take screening seriously and give Phantom Screens a call today on 01778 560070. Retractable screens for DOORS WINDOWS LARGE OPENINGS C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » J U L 2016 » 27