Friends splash out in fund-raising tribute

Fund-raising sea dip at Newbiggin by the Sea in memory of Daniel Lloyd of Morpeth.

Fund-raising sea dip at Newbiggin by the Sea in memory of Daniel Lloyd of Morpeth.

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A tribute to a fun-loving Morpeth man has raised £1,000 for charity – and more events are planned.

Seven hardy swimmers took to the sea at Newbiggin in a sponsored dip in memory of their pal Daniel Lloyd.

Mr Lloyd, who grew up in Newbiggin, died after an accident with a falling tree at Stocksfield in March 2013. The 42-year-old Morpeth resident was flown to Newcastle RVI by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), but later died from his injuries.

His friends Gordon Lennox, David Cochrane, Dale Eastlake, Sian Durrant, Keith Moon and Robert Allport, along with his brother Jason, braved the icy waters to raise funds for GNAAS.

Mr Lennox said: “Dan was a larger than life character who is greatly missed by a wide variety of people, none more so than his little lad Pete, his wife Joy, mother Val and brother Jason.

“I’m sure, having known him for 30 years, that he would have been extremely proud to see the money raised on his behalf.”

Mr Lloyd’s wife Joy has organised another fund-raising event at the Waterford Lodge in Morpeth. It will take place on Mr Lloyd’s birthday on Saturday, and there will be live music and food. More than 150 people are expected to attend. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 on the door.

Mrs Lloyd is also planning a skydive later this month to raise even more cash.

GNAAS head of fund-raising Mandy Drake said: “We are so grateful to Daniel’s family and friends who have come together and raised this fantastic amount of money.”