Lloydy runs Great North Run for his daughter

js57_10 guiseley team 020 anthony smallMany of you already know Anthony Lloyd’s story and why the above headline is so remarkable.  If not, read on.  Then, please help Anthony to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust who he is undertaking this massive challenge for.

Former Huddersfield Town player Anthony was a key fixture during our title-winning year in the Unibond Premier division.  In winter 2009, during a bad-tempered game at Kendal, he sustained an horrendous knee and leg injury that left him facing the prospect of never being able to run again.

During his time on crutches and throughout his rehab, Anthony’s positivity and determination was an inspiration to many around our club.  After well over a year out, Anthony was able to train hard enough that, against all odds, he could resume his football career.  He now plays for our local neighbours Farsley AFC.

In 2010, Anthony and his wife Rachael received the diagnosis that their daughter Isabella has the lung condition cystic fibrosis.  On 15th September he is to take part in the Great North Run to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, who he says have provided “amazing support” to the family over the past three years.

Anthony told the Huddersfield Examiner,  “I want Isabella to see me doing things like the Great North Run for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and then she can stay as fit and healthy for as long as she can. I want her to be as proud of me as I am of her and the progress she is making despite having the disease.

“She’s doing really well. I’m doing the Great North Run to raise much-needed cash for the charity but also to raise awareness of the disease. Things are getting better and better and cystic fibrosis seems to getting a higher profile even since Bella was born.”

We know there are Guiseley fans out there who will want to support Lloydy and we would love to help him exceed his fundraising target.  Please go to his JustGiving page for more information and to donate to a fantastic cause.