Unilever employees raise more than £81,000 in memory of colleague

A team of 92 cyclists from Unilever have raised more than £81,000 by cycling 180 miles from Leatherhead to Gilwern.

The Miles4Mel fundraiser is the third annual cycling challenge which raises awareness and funds for Get A-Head.

The cycle is completed by colleagues and friends of Mel Jaggard, an employee at Unilever UK and Ireland who tragically passed away in 2013 from Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a rare form of head and neck cancer.

The team at Unilever departed from the Leatherhead offices on the morning on May 20 and all 92 cyclists safely arrived in Mel’s hometown of Gilwern the following day.

Simon Fisher, Customer Director at Unilever UK and Ireland, who participated in the cycle said: “Miles4Mel not only commemorates one of our great friends, Mel, who inspired so many of us, it also brings together colleagues to celebrate her life and raise funds for a great cause. The challenging cycle is also a great way of bringing the team closer together and is something which Mel would have definitely participated.”