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NGK manager’s marathon effort for charity

A member of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd’s management team has taken part in the virtual 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for charity.

Marketing Manager Mark Hallam took up the 26.2-mile challenge with his wife Anne to raise funds for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance who had helped when their 18-year-old nephew Billy was taken seriously ill five years ago.

The service landed a helicopter close to Billy's family home and transferred him to Harefield Hospital which was an 11-minute journey compared to a 40-minute drive.

The swift delivery of Billy to hospital allowed them to diagnose what had caused him to become so poorly; he had an aneurysm which led to a bleed on his brain. Unfortunately, there was no chance of recovery for Billy and he died peacefully the following day.

Mark said: “The weather was perfect for a marathon but I found the final five miles very tiring. My legs were fine but I felt like my feet were falling apart. Thanks to everyone who sponsored us including NGK, it means a lot to our family.”

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance receives no NHS funding and relies completely on charitable donations, with each flight costing £2700. The couple have so far raised £1750 in total for the service and if anyone would like to make a donation, they can still do so by using the following link;


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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For further information please contact:

Annika Lustig, Specialist PR & Communications, Aftermarket EMEA, NGK SPARK PLUG EUROPE GmbH
Harkortstr. 41, 40880 Ratingen, Germany, AG Duesseldorf HRB 43118
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Andy Hurst

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