Delivery driver Naomi McIntosh swopped a steering wheel for handlebars when she took on a charity challenge.
The 33-year-old, who has worked for Iceland for 14 years, pedalled an impressive 30 miles at the company’s North End branch to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Though the final amount has not been totalled, she expects to have raised hundreds of pounds.
Naomi, who lives in Hilsea, says of her motivation for taking on the challenge: ‘My area manager, Rob Spearing, came up with the idea of a static cycle challenge at our North End store. He’s seen me arriving at work on my bike every day and persuaded me to go the extra mile for Alzheimer’s Research UK.’
Naomi rode a professional road bike with super thin tyres that was fixed in place with a bracket.
She says: ‘I had never rode that far before and I think I looked like John Wayne by the end of it!
‘But it was all worth it to help defeat Alzheimer’s, a disease which devastates so many lives.’
Alzheimer’s Research UK is Iceland’s charity of the year for 2012.
The company raised £1.2m for research into early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2011.
Naomi’s son Spencer, 12, and other members of her family came to watch and give her encouragement.
And afterwards she opted to get a taxi home rather than walk.
She says: ‘I’m leaving the bike in store for a couple of days so other staff can have a cycle too and raise even more money.’
Rob says: ‘Naomi is such a good sport, she did us proud.
‘Other members of staff will have a go too and no doubt Naomi will make sure that includes me.’
He adds: ‘We’ve got a brilliant team at Iceland – we’re like one big family – and it’s great having this joint focus.’
‘It’s really opened our eyes to the lack of funding available. It’s good to know we’re helping to make a difference. During August we’ve got all sorts of fundraising events lined up at our stores to raise even more money.’
Dr Marie Janson, director of development for Alzheimer’s Research UK, says: ‘We wished Naomi every success with her fantastic fundraising and we really appreciated her efforts.
‘More than 15,500 people in Hampshire are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia today. ‘
To donate to Alzheimer’s Research UK, visit alzheimersresearchuk.org