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Alex to take on charity challenge

NGK employee Alex Stancombe is set to climb some of the highest summits in England to raise cash for charity.

The 52-year-old is taking part in the Stephanie Simpson 2022 Lake District Challenge which will see him tackle  England’s highest peak Scafell Pike and also nearby Helvellyn and Skiddaw during the fund-raising event on June 12-16.

It has been organised by Leigh on Sea Striders (LOSS) hiking and running group and is named in tribute to Essex woman Stephanie Simpson who tragically died two years ago in an accident while hiking in New Zealand.

Alex, who is OEM Assistant Manager for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “I have been affiliated to Leigh on Sea Striders for around three years as I have a close friend who belongs to the group.

“The members raise money for national and regional charities every two years. I undertook a similar event in 2020 when I walked around the Mont Blanc Massif and the group raised a total of £60,000 for Marie Curie. 

“This year 42 people are taking part to raise money for two charities; the national Cardiac Risk in the Young and Regional Southend Hospital Trust (Oncology/Stroke Dept), and £25,000 has already been pledged.

“I understand times are tough but if anyone could spare a pound or two it would be very much appreciated and help to spur me on. Of course, the Southend Hospital Trust is a regional charity so if you would like to sponsor me, please could you donate to ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young.’  My name will appear in the list when you click on the link;  CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young -”

Alex will cover nearly 63 miles and tackle an ascent of 18,776 feet during the event.

He said: “I spent a week in the Lake District in March this year in preparation and have increased my cycling and walking, so hopefully everything will be fine and I will be able to complete the challenge.”



Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,400 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.7 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales represent 32% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 60 group companies, 35 production plants, five Technical Centres and three Venture Labs.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has six regional companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.


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