Mel leads the way in charity cycle challenge

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I’m lucky to work for a company that supports me in my sport and has sponsored me to take part in this initiative

Mel Brand, Prologis UK

At Prologis UK many of our employees share our passion for cycling and charitable giving. So, when Melissa Brand, Director of Investment Services, was given the opportunity to lead the women’s group on a 500 kilometre London to Paris charity cycle ride for Cure Leukaemia, she jumped at the opportunity.
 
The four-day ride, which takes place between September 20th – 24th, will raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia and hasten global progress towards eradicating all forms of blood cancer within 25 years. The ride is the brainchild of former England, Crystal Palace and Wolves footballer, Geoff Thomas, who was diagnosed with leukaemia 15 years ago and is now a Patron of the charity.
 
Whilst leading a group of mixed ability cyclists for 500 kilometres might seem like a tall order, Mel is not one to back away from a challenge. During the week she runs the Investment Services team at Prologis and outside work she is a member of Team On-Form, a highly successful cycle race team established to provide opportunities for male and female cyclists, ranging from juniors to elite seniors.
 
Mel’s role within the team is to mentor and pass on knowledge to the younger riders from her experience gained while racing alongside many of the best racers in the country and it’s these skills she will use to support the women challenging themselves on the charity bike ride.

Mel and the team during her 2015 Tour de France stages cycle challenge

“In 2015, I completed all the stages of the Tour de France with Geoff to raise money for leukaemia research,” Mel explains. “So, when I was approached to lead the women’s group on the London to Paris charity cycle challenge I was delighted to help support such a worthy cause and introduce more women to the sport of cycling.”

Mel will lead a group of mixed ability cyclists, including one female blood cancer sufferer who is currently in remission and riding to raise awareness of the disease.
 
“I’m lucky to work for a company that supports me in my sport and has sponsored me to take part in this initiative,” Mel explains. “Employees at Prologis are given paid leave which they can use to undertake valuable charitable work and this has enabled me to support this amazing group of women taking part in the cycle challenge.”

If you’d like to sponsor Mel you can visit her just giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Melissa-Brand or, to find out more about the London to Paris Cycle Challenge and Cure Leukaemia, you can visit http://www.cureleukaemia.co.uk/

Photo credit: Joolze Dymond