Miles 4 Mel 2

Posted by Anne-Marie on May 18, 2015

Most of you will remember that last year the Miles 4 Mel team cycled from Leatherhead to Gilwern to raise £58,000 in memory of their colleague Mel Jaggard.

Miles4Mel TeamUndeterred by the challenge Miles 4 Mel is now in it’s second year and this year had 70 riders aiming to beat last year’s fundraising total.  The Unilever crew – all of who are based at the company’s UK head office in Leatherhead, Surrey – set off on the two day trip on Friday 15 May, with the aim of exceeding last year’s fundraising and setting themselves an impressive target of raising £75,000  for Get A Head. Just two days after their epic cycling event, the team has already smashed its target, reaching over £80,000 so far.  The money raised will help fund research at The Royal Marsden’s Molecular Research Centre to understand the genetic pathways of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) to enable them to find targets and blockers for it.

 

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The cycling challenge saw the peloton traversing the English and Welsh countryside on long, winding, hilly roads, totting up 180 miles over two days, with a total ascent of 1800m – the equivalent of climbing Mont Ventoux, one of the most famous climbs in the Tour de France.  To see more pictures from this fantastic event visit Miles 4 Mel’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Miles4Mel

The team said: ‘Mel Jaggard was a true inspiration to all those who came in contact with her and this event is about both raising funds for Get A Head and about remembering Mels courage, determination and enormous positivity.’

Peleton of 70 riders into Gilwern, poignant but special moment

Peleton of 70 riders into Gilwern, poignant but special moment

Louise Newton, Charity Manager, was in Gilwern on Saturday to cheer the riders across the finish line and said:’Miles 4 Mel – Thank you for an amazing event!  We are so lucky to have such a fantastic and insprational team supporting Get A-Head.  You have all been truly wonderful and we have loved being part of the journey!’