Miles 4 Mel The Grand Finale

Posted by Anne-Marie on May 29, 2018


For the fifth year running and their Grand Finale, over 50 employees from Unilever UK took on the challenge of a 180-mile charity cycle in memory of their colleague and friend, Mel Jaggard.


The Miles4Mel fundraiser was created in memory of Mel, who sadly passed away in 2013 from Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC), a rare form of head and neck cancer. For the past five years, employees at the Leatherhead office have taken part in a variety of fundraising activities to raise awareness of Get A-Head, a charity trust dedicated to fighting head and neck diseases.

This year, the two-day fundraiser saw yet another ambitious cycle from the Unilever Leatherhead office to Mel’s hometown in Gilwern, South Wales. A variety of fundraising activities including a raffle, cake sale and quiz were also held in the Leatherhead office in the lead up to the cycle to help the team reach their £30,000 target for 2018.


Simon Fisher, Customer Director at Unilever UK and member of the organising committee said: “After five years of the Miles 4 Mel cycle ride, we are proud to have raised over £300,000 for the Get A-Head charity. Every year, our team of cyclists engage in a variety of fundraising activities to celebrate and commemorate the life of our great friend Mel. This year is no exception, with our team organising a quiz night, bake sales and a static cycle for colleagues in our Leatherhead office.”


This year, the Miles4Mel team have reached their £30,000 fundraising target, which brings their total fundraising amount, over the past five years, to over £300,000.

Mel was also an active fundraiser for the Get A-Head charity and helped to raise tens of thousands of pounds to fund research into this rare cancer.

Louise Newton, Charity Manager at Get A-Head said: “Le Grand Finale of Miles4Mel was all it promised to be, the sun was shining as the riders crossed the finish line in Gilwern!  5 years of amazing fundraising, focus, energy and commitment and over £300,000 raised for Get A-Head and research into ACC (Adenoid Custic Carcinoma).  The Link between the Miles4Mel team at Unilever and Get A-Head is a special one and we are immensely proud to call them friends of Get A-Head.  My special thanks go to Simon Fisher, who tirelessly organised and championed this event year after year, along with support from Katherine Carter, Frank Murphy and Jo Bacchus – and of course to each and every rider, skydiver, cake baker, quiz evening orgainser, music night planner and so many more that have contributed to the phenomenon that is Miles 4Mel.

Take a look at our video taken at the finish line


If you would like to sponsor the team, please visit the Just Giving page for Miles4Mel