On July 13, Stuart Bayne embarked upon his journey from Hemel Hempstead, leaving from the headquarters of his employer and the main sponsor of the charity ride, NGK Spark Plugs (UK). Accompanied by Stuart Larder, a long-year NGK customer and good friend of Bayne’s, who drove the support vehicle, he biked across England to Harwich. From there he took the ferry across the English Channel to Hoek van Holland. His voyage led him further through the Netherlands to another pit stop: NGK’s European Headquarters in Ratingen on July 15.
On the occasion of Stuart's visit to Ratingen, Damien Germès, Senior Vice President of NGK Spark Plug Europe, handed over a cheque for the sum of 5,000 euros for the benefit of the Down’s Syndrome Association in the UK. After leaving Ratingen, Stuart finally reached his destination, NGK’s French production site in Meung sur Loire, on July 22, right on schedule. By then he had biked a total distance of 1,100 kilometres and collected more than 22,000 euros.
“With his charity ride, Stuart started a great project. We are proud to support him and the Down’s Syndrome Association with our donation and hope that he will continue to raise awareness for the work of this extremely important organisation,” commented Damien Germès.
About NGK Spark Plug: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive suppliers. Specialised in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, the Company supplies customers in Original Equipment and Aftermarket across the globe. Its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and ignition leads under the brand NGK Ignition Parts as well as mass air flow and manifold absolute pressure sensors, lambda sensors, exhaust gas temperature sensors and NOx sensors under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. The Company runs production plants and sales organisations all over the world. With more than 14,000 employees, it generates an annual turnover of around 2.9 billion euros. NGK is represented on all continents and has 42 group companies, 24 production plants and 5 technical centres.
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