Party event raises big total for air charity

Joy Lloyd, right, presents Great North Air Ambulance Service representative Pat Ford with a cheque for �2,002.67 ' the proceeds from the event at Riverside Lodge in Morpeth. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Joy Lloyd, right, presents Great North Air Ambulance Service representative Pat Ford with a cheque for �2,002.67 ' the proceeds from the event at Riverside Lodge in Morpeth. Picture by Jane Coltman.
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The latest fund-raising evening of entertainment in Morpeth organised by Joy Lloyd in memory of her late husband, Daniel, has been hailed a success.

Mr Lloyd died after an accident with a falling tree in Stocksfield in March 2014.

The 42-year-old was flown to the RVI hospital in Newcastle by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), but sadly could not be saved.

Last year, Mrs Lloyd organised a party at the Waterford Lodge and did a tandem skydive, both to bring in money for the vital charity.

Another event for GNAAS was recently held at Riverside Lodge in High Stanners and more than £2,000 was raised.

There was live music from The Smokin’ Barrels and DJ Harrison Skinner of Martini Discos also gave up his time for the fund-raiser. A raffle took place and Crazy pix operated a photo booth.

Mrs Lloyd said: “I would say there were around 200 people who attended.

“I didn’t think so many people would turn up as this was the second year but I was amazed at how many arrived, especially in January when people don’t have much spare money.

“More than 20 businesses made a donation for the raffle and I’m very grateful to Dan’s auntie Liz Robinson, Suzie Godfrey, Jason Lloyd (Dan’s brother), Wendy Armsworth, Debbie Hardy and Claire Logan for their help and support in making the night a huge success.

“A very special thanks to Dan and I’s closest of friends, Jackie and Gordon Lennox. They’ve always been there for us and I know Dan would be so proud of how they’ve been there for me and Peter (Mr and Mrs Lloyd’s son, aged seven).

“I am originally from Newcastle but moved to Morpeth in October 1999 and I would not want to live anywhere else. This is my home and I can honestly say that the community are amazing at supporting one another.”

The individuals and businesses that made a donation for the raffle were as follows: Graeme Wylie (Close House), Boots Morpeth, Caffe Bertorelli (Newbiggin), Claire Louise Owen (74 Property Services), Allison Thompson (Seafield Caravan Park), Urban Spa, New Market Nibbles, Riverside Lodge, French Grey Tales, M&S Morpeth, Saks, Concepts, Mountain Warehouse, Costa Coffee Morpeth, Stait Photography, White Stuff, The Lavender House (Killingworth), Karen Taylor Cakes (Bedlington), Sarah James (Fit2b in Blyth), The Treehouse (Whitley Bay), Wendy Armsworth (Northumbria Police), Nicola and Robert Anderson, John Phillips, Joanne and Mark Robson, Katie Roskams and Ken and Marilyn Gray.