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Haverhill cyclist raises thousands for Down’s Syndrome charity

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A Haverhill cyclist has raised thousands to help people with Down’s Syndrome.

Father of three, Stuart Bayne, 51, raised more than £17,000 for the Down’s Syndrome Association with an 1100-kilometre sponsored cycle ride.

Mr Bayne, who is a sales manager for NGK Spark Plugs, began his journey in Hemel Hempstead, riding through five countries in nine days to reach the company’s spark plug factory at Meung Sur Loire in southern France. He was joined by friend and customer Stuart Larder.

Mr Bayne said: “It was really hard work, not just physically, but mentally, as each day I had to force myself to get up and get on the bike.

“A lot of the route was enjoyable as it was flat, but riding through the Ardennes Forest was a real challenge as it was hill after hill.

“It was a marathon endurance test, but fortunately I had done the necessary training so I felt OK and the adrenalin kicked in when I was tired. I am really pleased to have completed the trip and would like to thank everyone who has supported me, particularly Stuart who I couldn’t have done it without, especially when the weather was hitting 38 degrees Centigrade.”NTK sensors was a main sponsor and a number of NGK customers, colleagues and friends also pledged funds.

Marko Wowczyna, Automotive Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “We were delighted to support Stuart’s fund-raising trip for such a worthwhile cause. He has done fantastically well to have completed the journey in such a short time.”

Anyone interested in donating to the charity should contact Stuart on 07770 382377, or at stuart.bayne@ngk.co.uk or can do so until August 13 by logging on to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/cycle321 For more details on registered charity the Down’s Syndrome Association, log on to www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

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