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; https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkHallam

For more information about NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd and its products and services, please visit www.ngkntk.com