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NGK sales manager, Stuart Bayne, raises more than £30,000 for charity

Date: 02-Feb-2017

Charity cyclist Stuart Bayne raised more than £30,000 on his marathon ride through New Zealand.

Stuart, who is Sales Manager – North for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, cycled 2108 km (1309 miles), climbing more than 14,000 metres, during his epic journey 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 Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA).

His journey was made more arduous as he had to alter his route after two simultaneous major earthquakes struck north of Christchurch closing a number of roads he planned to travel on.

But his fund-raising efforts were rewarded with £23,661.74 being raised for the DSA in the UK and a further $11,627 NZ (£6689.70) for the DSA in New Zealand.

Stuart, a 53-year-old father-of-three, said he is extremely grateful for the level of support that he has received, not only from major sponsors NGK UK and NGK Europe and Australia, but also from many of the company’s customers in all industry sectors, from automotive to horticultural, making specific reference to Key Skills Recruitment (Wellington/Tauranga) in New Zealand and Cobra Garden Machinery for their support.

Marko Wowczyna, Automotive Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “On behalf of everyone at NGK I would like to thank all our customers who have supported Stuart. We have been raising funds for the DSA at various events all over the country and have received fantastic backing. I would also like to pay tribute to Stuart himself for surpassing his previous incredible achievement.”

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