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Mighton sponsored, Hope 66 charity cycle ride across America, in an effort to raise money for children's hospices. View our collection of blog posts leading up to and following the event as the members endure the hard work and challenges they face, in the name of charity.

  • 2,700 Miles Behind The Wheel ‘For the Kids’ By Mighton Boss Mike

    Traditional window hardware, paint and machinery specialist Mighton Products’ founder and chairman Mike Derham is about to set off behind the steering wheel of a support vehicle once again, to provide backup for a group of cyclists who this time are riding back all the way from Russia to Shropshire.

    Mike has been a long time supporter of the Hope House charity (http://www.hopehouse.org.uk), which provides care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales, which Mike became involved with through a friend who raises money for the organisation. For Mike this will be the fourth such event he has supported, both physically and as a sponsor and includes ensuring the safe passage for a group of 18 cyclists who will be riding a total of 2,730 miles, through 10 European countries in just 12 days. Divided into teams of three the cyclists will ride in relay from the Russian border, through Finland into the Arctic Circle, then Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, then via the tunnel into England, dipping into Wales and on to the final destination of Hope House in Oswestry, Shropshire.

    “These events have helped to raise more than £1 million for Hope House and I am delighted to be involved with this latest effort, which will actually be the last for on such a grand scale, due to the sheer complexity and effort involved,” said Mike. “It is therefore important that we raise even more money!” “The previous rides, which have included three across the USA and others through Europe, have been gruelling for riders and support alike, but the cause makes it so worthwhile. As a father and grandfather I have enormous respect for the work done by Hope House and am delighted to make this trip to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of the cyclists.”

    All involved with the ride pay their own costs, which ensures that 100% of any money raised goes direct to Hope House. Donations may be made through: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/frwhope

  • ‘From Russia With Hope' Ride 2019 | Our sponsored charity

    Mighton is proud to sponsor and support ‘Hope House’
    as part of the GM Fundraising Team.

    Hope House provides palliative care for children with terminal conditions and support for their families, both on site and in their homes. Hope House receives only nominal support from the government, with over 95% of its £5 million annual operating costs being met by charitable donations and GM Fundraising is proud to be their largest single donor.

    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.

    The charity is best known for spectacular Gala Dinners, annual Golf Days, Long-Distance Cycle Rides and Footy Fives competition, but also have a number of smaller, niche events, which take place throughout the year too. Mike Derham, Chairman - Mighton Products, says, “We’re proud to have been supporting this initiative for several years. The impact that this charity has, makes a real difference to so many people.” The 2019 main event is

    taking place in June 2019, ‘From Russia With Hope’, and sees a cycling team of 18 ride through 10 countries in 12 days, ending up at Hope House Children’s Hospice. The total tally is 2,730 miles with 34,000 ft of climbing. Mighton and Avia are an official kit sponsor and are part of the ‘ride support’.

    The team will be covering in excess of 280 miles each day as they cycle

    from St Petersburg, Russia, through Finland, into the Arctic Circle, through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, England and Wales, before returning to their final destination - Hope House

    .

  • Hope66 - They did it!

     

    The end of more than gruelling 14 days on the Hope66 journey to raise money for the Hope House Hospices, came when the riders cycled down on to Santa Monica Pier, the end of the legendary Route 66 Highway across America. The joy of reaching the end and especially for those whose loved ones waited them, was palpable.

    The journey of 2616 miles through deserts, over mountains, past miles and miles of corn fields is now over. Eighteen months of meticulous planning from a dedicated team of GM Fundraising volunteers – particularly Morty, Brocko, Iain and Alan – came to a successful conclusion in the sunshine of California.

    Particular credit must go to the 15 cyclists for all the hard work they have put in over months of training and fundraising, and then summoning up the mental and physical will to put their bodies to the test over the past couple of weeks. Well done guys!

    A big ‘thank you’ must go to Mike Derham and Mighton Products for agreeing to sponsor the event from the outset and allowing the event to go ahead.

    Hope 66 is already the most successful charity bike ride GM Fundraising have ever undertaken, with a likely fundraising total of over £150,000 expected. If you’ve been waiting to see if the guys made it before sponsoring, then now’s your chance to click on the following link: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/hope66

    Because they did it!

  • Message from GM Fundraising...

    A message from GM Fundraising: At the time of writing this piece, we have endured two days of torrential rain, horrific climbing and cold temperatures. All this in the dessert state of Arizona !! That said, we are about to commence day 12 of this most challenging ride. The team, now extremely tired after 11 solid days riding, are pulling together and fighting their way through it.

    Hopefully, the weather would have turned by the time we roll into Santa Monica and the end of our journey. Hope66 has been, in so many ways, a terrific effort by each and every team member. The time, money, commitment and of course the astonishing fund raising of everyone involved has eclipsed anything we have ever done and we hope to surpass our £125,000 target.

    To hear team members describe their efforts as life changing is reward in itself for me personally. We have witnessed things that would have otherwise passed by and I am pleased to have influenced that. Other than being happy never to see a Holiday Inn again, on a personal level the event has definitely taught me a few more harsh life lessons. I trust it has for others too.

    To write this post without paying homage to our magnificent and selfless support team, would be a crime. The route planning of Iain McInnes, the sterling I. T. Skills of Alan Sadler, general support, driving, and all out help from Mathew Glover, Paul Godwin, Alan Rothwell (is he rider or is he support, who knows) Dave Broxton (our very own veteran support guy) and last but most certainly not least, Mike Derham, who not only supported the ride, but of course is also our proud headline sponsor. all have contributed wonderfully to make the trip such a huge success.

    So, just three days to ride, a little over 160 miles for each rider. Lets hope the sun makes an appearance. Thank you to each and every member and of course to you, our generous sponsors who help us support the incredible Hope House Children’s Hospices. As always, I am overwhelmed.

    Gary

  • Nearly there… - Mighton Products

    bike ride mountains

    Sponsored by Mighton: The team are safely housed at the final hotel at Pasadena ready for the relatively short 35 mile ride down to Santa Monica tomorrow. It almost feels like the end of the ride, as tomorrow is mostly downhill with congestion and traffic lights being the biggest hurdle.

    Over the last three days, the riders have experienced some of the most beautiful scenery the US has to offer. Cycling through Arizona and into California the team have passed through mountain ranges and desert, with stifling heat and torrential downpours. It really has been a test of endurance with some of the riders close to breaking point each day. So far the riders have cycled for 13 days and have covered close to 2,600 miles, so being in spitting distance of Santa Monica is a relief.

    Waiting at Santa Monica pier will be some of the riders’ family, including Gary’s daughters who he’s not seen for over six months. There’s likely to be a tear or two shed after this epic bike ride. Thanks to all those who have sponsored the team. There’s still time to make a donation at: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/hope66

    Thanks from Mighton and all the team!

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