India runs in memory of ‘grumpy bear’ granddad from Nantglyn

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Josh Morris

A FAMILY who lost their “grumpy bear” granddad to cancer aged just 50 are hoping to start a charity to help others who find themselves in the same situation.

David Lloyd from Nantglyn died in December of mantle cell Hodgkin's lymphoma after being treated in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

India Thackeray, four, and her dad Daniel Thackeray are aiming to raise £5,000 to start a foundation which they hope can improve hospitals for children and families visiting patients undergoing long term treatment.

Daniel is set to run the Sheffield Half Marathon on April 9 with India taking part in her own running challenge.

Daniel said: “I’m doing the Sheffield half marathon, and India asked if she could do it. I said, well, it’s a little too hard to for you, so she looked at doing a kids one and there’s one on September 24 in Sheffield as well.

“She’s only four and it’s a long way for her but she wanted t o do it for her grumpy bear

“She said ‘That’ll mean I can buy some special trainers like you daddy.’

“So that’s what we’re doing, she’s off and running.”

Despite his condition, Daniel says India’s grandfather always wanted thank everyone who came to see him. 

“When he was first diagnosed, he wanted to make it to 50, and he made it, just. It really is no age at all.

“He always wished he could give back to everyone who came in to see people when they’re stuck in hospital for hours on end, so we decided to do something in his name and to fulfil his last wish.

“We want to be able to provide comforts for them. His last eight weeks were spent in the Christie in Manchester and they had some the comforts to keep my daughter entertained, they don’t want them in the room during treatment and not all hospitals facilitate for families, they can be quite basic.

“Being from Nantglyn he spent a lot of time in Glan Clwyd, so we thought it’d be nice for families to be able to experience something nice in a traumatic time.”

You can find out more about their fundraising at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Indiesstory

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