A Hemel Hempstead supermarket boss has completed a gruelling cycle ride through all the elements in memory of a former colleague.
Mike Judge, commercial manager at Sainsbury’s Woodhall Farm, rode 86 miles as part of Ride London in just five hours and seven minutes over the weekend.
Mike, who battled the rain, hail and a thunderstorm during the journey, raised £1,500 – double his original target – for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
The gesture was in honour of his store’s former HR manager Georgina Wiseman, better known as George, who lost her battle against the disease last month.
He said: “George was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2005, where we both worked at the Harpenden store.
“During the next two years she had treatment – it never stopped her from working and she was given the all clear.
“She then moved to Woodhall Farm and I then worked again with her there, until 2012 she was feeling unwell and it was then that she found out that she had secondary cancer, with a tumor on her lung.
“Despite all the treatment she was always so positive and was determined to reach her 40th birthday, which she did. She also married her partner and got to celebrate her two boys’ birthdays before she passed away.”
Mike said staff at the Woodhall Farm store are also going to plant a cherry tree outside the supermarket in memory of George, who loved her garden.
Also taking part in the event were a team from Kings Langley-based renewable energy business RES, who rode the distance for disability and carer charity Vitalise.
The team, featuring Graham Pannell, Rhys Westcott, Rebecca Meek and Matthew Hellewell, also raised around £1,500 for their cause.