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NGK Manager raises more than £30,000 for Down Syndrome’s Association

Charity fund-raiser Stuart Bayne has handed over cheques for more than £30,000 to the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) after completing a marathon cycle ride through New Zealand.

Stuart Bayne, Sales Manager (North) for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, is pictured with his daughter Kirsty and TV presenter and former professional footballer Kevin Kilbane, who received the cheque on behalf of the DSA in the UK.
Stuart, who is Sales Manager (North) for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, cycled 2108km (1309 miles), climbing more than 14,000 metres, during his epic journey. He travelled from Bluff at the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island to Cape Reinga, the northern most part of the country, to raise funds for the DSA in the UK and New Zealand.

His fund-raising efforts resulted in £23,661.74 being presented to former professional footballer and DSA patron Kevin Kilbane for the charity in the UK and a further $11,627.42 NZ (£6689.70) for the DSA in New Zealand.

Kevin, who played football for a number of leading English clubs including West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Everton and who is the Republic of Ireland’s third highest capped international, has been a supporter of the DSA since the birth of his eldest daughter Elsie.

He has raised thousands of pounds for the charity, raising money by running both the London and New York Marathons.

Kevin, who has a degree in Media Studies, is now best known for his role as a co-commentator and presenter on both BBC TV’s Match of the Day 2 and Five Live radio channel, as well as being involved in the football media in Ireland.

Stuart, a 53-year-old father of three who lives in Haverhill, Suffolk, said, “Kevin, like myself, became involved with the DSA on the birth of his daughter and, as I do, shares a positivity towards the condition to living life to the fullest through education and understanding on the part of society rather than the person with Down’s.”

I would like to thank Kevin for taking the time to meet up with me and accept our donation and I would also like to thank everyone else who contributed, including the major sponsors NGK UK and NGK Europe and Australia and many of the company’s customers in all industry sectors, from automotive to horticultural.”

“I have been overwhelmed by the level of support I have received from everyone and would also like to personally thank Key Skills Recruitment (Wellington/Tauranga) in New Zealand and Cobra Garden Machinery in the UK for their support,” Stuart added.

Stuart’s intrepid New Zealand adventure was the second time he has raised money for the DSA. In 2015, he completed an 1100 kilometre (683 mile) sponsored cycle ride through Europe to raise more than £17,000 for the charity.

Hemel Hempstead based NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK sensors, plus ignition coils. For more information about the company and its products and services, please visit the website www.ngkntk.co.uk Also you can check out its blogzine at ngktorque.com