NGK Manager marathon for charity

Published:  22 October, 2021

NGK Marketing Manager Mark Hallam recently took part in the virtual 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

Mark and his wife Anne both took part, as the Air Ambulance 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 £2,700. f anyone would like to make a donation, they can still do so via: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkHallam

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