Fund-raising cycle race set to finish in Gilwern

By Staff reporter in Local People

This Saturday (May 20) Gilwern will welcome dozens of cyclists at the finish of a two-day, 180-mile charity race designed to raise awareness of a rare form of cancer.

The race involves a team of more than sixty cyclists from Unilever UK cycling from their offices in Leatherhead on their third annual charity ride in memory of colleague and friend Mel Jaggard, who was from Gilwern.

?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.

?Since 2013, employees at the Leatherhead office have engaged in fundraising activities to raise awareness and donate to Get A-Head, a charity trust dedicated to fighting head and neck diseases.

?This year the team has set an ambitious target of raising £50,000, which would bring the total fundraising amount from the past three years to over £275,000.

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

A team of skydivers will also do a ‘jump for Mel’ on June 10 as part of this year’s fundraising.

Simon Fisher, Customer Director at Unilever UK & Ireland 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.

“This year we’ll be doing a variety of fundraising activities in and around the office, including yoga classes, bake sales and a quiz night. Over the course of the last three years we have raised over £230k for a small but wonderful charity. This year, the goal is to raise £50k and see us over the £275k milestone, which would be simply outstanding.

Louise Newton, Charity Manager at Get A – Head added, “Mel was such a dedicated and inspirational fundraiser, and Miles4Mel has been a fantastic way of not only raising money, but raising awareness of this rare cancer. We are extremely excited to see an ever growing team of cyclists, and the team of skydivers from Unilever should make this the most successful Miles4Mel to date.”

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