Group raises cash in memory of Dan

A sea dip in memory of Daniel Lloyd has raised �1,000 for charity.
A sea dip in memory of Daniel Lloyd has raised �1,000 for charity.

A group of friends have taken part in a special sea dip in memory of their friend, raising £1,000 for charity in the process.

Seven hardy swimmers took part in the leap at Newbiggin, which was held in memory of Daniel Lloyd.

Daniel, 42, from Morpeth, who grew up in Newbiggin, was killed in an accident with a falling tree at Stocksfield in March 2013.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) flew him to Newcastle’s RVI where he sadly later died from his injuries. Gordon Lennox, David Cochrane, Dale Eastlake, Sian Durrant, Keith Moon and Robert Allport all braved the icy waters and raised sponsorship for their efforts, with Daniel’s younger brother, Jason also joining them on the day.

Gordon, from Newbiggin, 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.”

David, 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.”

A charity event with food and live music will also take place at Waterford Lodge in Morpeth for Daniel’s birthday on Saturday, January 17.

Tickets are £5 on the door and the event will start at 7.30pm.