Joy’s fundraising sky dive for air ambulance in memory of 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.
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A woman has raised £3,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) in memory of her husband.

Joy Lloyd, 44, of Morpeth, raised the funds through a fundraising night and sky dive in memory of Daniel Lloyd, 42, who died after an accident with a falling tree at Stocksfield in March 2014.

Mr Lloyd, a teacher at The Dales School, in Blyth, was transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the air ambulance following his accident, but later died of his injuries.

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.”

Mrs Lloyd organised a fundraiser at the Waterford Lodge in Morpeth on Mr Lloyd’s birthday, January 17.

More than 150 people attended to show their support.

She then took to the skies and completed a tandem skydive from 10,000ft at Peterlee Parachute Centre in Shotton Colliery.

Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, 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.”

Seven of Mr Lloyd’s friends also made a donation to the charity, after raising £1,000 at a New Year’s Day dip at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

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.

At the time, Mr Lennox said: “Dan was a larger than life character who is greatly missed by a wide variety of people.

“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 Cochrane, from North Seaton, added: “Every year, we take the plunge for a charity close to our hearts. This year, it seemed fitting that we supported GNAAS.

“It is an absolutely essential service, especially for people in remote places who need help fast.”

For more info on GNAAS, visit gnaas.com