Charity drive in memory of Morpeth man reaches new heights

Daniel Lloyd.
Daniel Lloyd.

A proud Morpeth woman has presented £3,500 to charity in honour of her late husband.

Fund-raising has reached new heights for 44-year-old Joy Lloyd after organising two events in memory of her husband Daniel.

Joy Lloyd following her skydive which raised �3,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service in memory of her husband Daniel.

Joy Lloyd following her skydive which raised �3,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service in memory of her husband Daniel.

Mr Lloyd died after an accident with a falling tree in Stocksfield in March last year.

The 42-year-old, who taught at The Dales School in Blyth, was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), but sadly could not be saved.

On January 17, Mr Lloyd’s birthday, his wife organised a fund-raising party at the Waterford Lodge in Morpeth in aid of GNAAS, which was attended by more than 150 people.

And a month later, she travelled to 10,000ft to brave a tandem skydive at Peterlee Parachute Centre in Shotton Colliery.

Nothing will bring Dan back, we miss him every single day, but the amount of help and support we have received in his name is a testament to the wonderful man he was.

Joy Lloyd

The mother-of-one said: “Nothing will bring Dan back, we miss him every single day, but the amount of help and support we have received in his name is a testament to the wonderful man he was.

“He was a larger than life character, so happy and full of life.

“He was well known for playing his football and golf, and loved by all the children he taught.

“Since the death of Dan, friends and family have raised such a huge amount to say thank you to GNAAS in his honour.

“I am extremely proud and humbled.”

The charity also received £1,000 from seven of Mr Lloyd’s friends, who raised the cash in a sponsored New Year’s Dip in the North Sea at Newbiggin.

GNAAS Head of Fund-raising Mandy Drake said: “We want to thank Joy for her continued support to the charity. The funds raised will go directly towards keeping our helicopter in the air and we are so grateful.”

For more information about the air ambulance visit www.gnaas.com