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Volkswagen service advisor takes on charity challenge

A service advisor from Port Talbot walked 22 miles to raise money for a cause that was particularly close to his heart.

Mark Young, who has worked for Sinclair Volkswagen for 30 years, raised over £300 by taking part in the Macmarathon Gower Walk. The total raised was boosted to £630 thanks to a special contribution from Sinclair Volkswagen Port Talbot.

The 48-year-old took part in this year’s event to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his work colleagues who sadly passed away after battling the disease a decade ago.

Reflecting on the challenge Mark said: “The course was a lot tougher than I expected. It took me 6 hours and 15 minutes in total. I didn’t want to stop. I wanted to carry on for the memory of my good friends touched by cancer.

“About ten years ago we lost both our workshop controller, Don Perrea and our receptionist, Val Jones, to Cancer.  It was a huge shock to lose two good friends within such a short space of time and I have been thinking about doing something in their memory for a while.”

This is not the first walk Mark has taken part in for charity.

“Earlier this year I completed a 16 mile walk for the Marley Grace Roberts Appeal to help fund a major operation for Marley Grace, a three year old local girl with cerebral palsy.

“I get a real sense of pride when I think that my efforts contributed towards the £40,000 that funded  Marley Grace’s life-saving operation.

“I’ve started to really enjoy walking and if I can raise funds for good causes along the way, then I’ll definitely sign up for more!”

Gerald Sinclair, owner and managing director of the Sinclair Group, added: “Mark has worked tremendously hard throughout the year to raise money for charity.  In particular Macmillan is a cause that is very close to our hearts at Sinclair and we are extremely proud of his hard work and dedication.”