Stevenage runner raising funds for life-saving surgery at London Marathon

Mercy ships Marathon runner running with some other runners

Stevenage runner raising funds for life-saving surgery at London Marathon

A Stevenage runner is taking part in the London Marathon to help raise money to provide life-changing surgeries at Mercy Ships.  

Ian Clark, 52, hopes to raise £4,000 – with his company, SSY, a leading shipbroking firm, agreeing to match anything he raises.

Ian learned of Mercy Ships through SSY, who have adopted the charity as their global partner. SSY have for many years supported Mercy Ships through Cargo Day – the biggest online fundraising event for the maritime community. 

Now, the long-established shipbrokers are extending their support by championing the cause with their 24 global offices.   

Ian, who works in SSY’s accounts department, said:

“Being in the accounts team, I saw the name of Mercy Ships every time we made a donation or a payment to them and became intrigued by their work. I like running and signed up to the London Marathon and thought this was the obvious charity to support.  

“I’m training and working hard towards it and SSY have kindly agreed to match whatever I raise. This will be my second marathon and I’m confident I can raise £2,000 which would mean £4,000 with SSY doubling anything I can raise.  

“Mercy Ships is changing lives and giving people who have zero chance of medical treatment hope. I’m delighted to be supporting them.” 

Michael Mervyn-Jones, Global Communication and Marketing Director for SSY, is delighted Ian is competing.  

He said:

“We are thrilled that Ian is doing the London Marathon and that he has chosen Mercy Ships as the charity he wants to raise money for. SSY is delighted to be doubling the amount he raises and we all be watching with interest on the day of the London Marathon and wishing him well every step of the way!” 

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday 21st April. To donate to Ian’s cause, visit