Pedal power in aid of air ambulance service

A Morpeth schoolboy has raised more than £2,200 in memory of his late father after putting an idea into gear.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 10:55 am
Updated Friday, 28th June 2019, 7:02 pm
From left, Barry Dunn, Jack Dunn, Peter Lloyd, Nathan Mercel and Gordon Lennox pictured in Morpeth Market Place.

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

He was flown to the RVI hospital in Newcastle by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), but could not be saved.

His wife, Joy, wanted to give something back to the service and she raised thousands of pounds through a few different fund-raisers, including a skydive.

Now their son Peter has organised his own activity to give some money to the air ambulance.

The 10-year-old chose a bike ride as Daniel loved cycling and he was teaching his son how to ride a bike.

Peter planned a route with stops along the way from Morpeth Market Place to Newbiggin and back, a total distance of about 30 miles.

He was joined by Jack Dunn, 10, and Nathan Mercel, 11 – all three children attend Newminster Middle School – as well as Jack’s dad Barry and Daniel’s best friend Gordon Lennox, who rode what was Daniel’s bike.

They all successfully completed the ride last Saturday, and £144 from collections in Morpeth and Newbiggin added to the total, which is currently almost £2,250.

Peter said: “I’ve enjoyed organising the bike ride with support from my mum and forms and t-shirts supplied by GNAAS.

“I’m glad that we’ve raised so much money in memory of my dad. It’s great that so many people have donated.

“It was an amazing ride and we completed it in about four hours, which was quicker than we expected.

“From Morpeth, we went through Bothal, Pegswood, Ashington and Woodhorn to get to Newbiggin, then went the same way back.

“The conditions were ideal and and people driving past were beeping horns or waving out of windows in support.”

Nathan and Jack said: “We were happy to help Peter do this challenge for a very good cause.”

Barry added: “It was nice for me and Gordon to accompany the boys. Peter’s organisation of the whole thing was excellent.”

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