Uckfield resident Alan Lloyd did something very special to celebrate his 68th birthday.

Alan Lloyd is celebrating his 68th birthday and to mark the occasion he did a 5K run in fancy dress, on Sunday to raise funds for the ‘Heads On’ mental health charity.

Heads On is the charity for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, working at the front-line of mental health services in the fight against Covid-19.

The run took place on Sunday 24th May at 10am starting and ending at the Uckfield Rugby Club.

On his Just Giving page Alan said:
‘Their staff are doing an amazing job of caring for people with mental health problems in hugely challenging circumstances and are working tirelessly to prevent a Covid-19 mental health crisis.
‘Every penny I can raise will go towards supporting people with mental health problems during Covid-19. It will provide funding for online projects to reduce loneliness and isolation at home, care packages for front-line staff, suicide prevention projects to make sure everyone gets the help they need.

‘Your support will help to prevent a mental health crisis, please give what you can. Thank you so much for your help!’

His target was £100 but so far more has been raised on the Just Giving Pages.

He was hoping to do the run around his birthday which was on the 22nd May and so the run was planned for the 24th May.

Alan is a retired teacher having retired 9 years ago form the role of Head of Physics at Chailey School.

He decided he need to do something to focus on during the lock-down so set himself a goal of running 5K in 35 minutes after his birthday.

The challenge to run in fancy dress came from his daughter Fay Llloyd-Howell who said:

‘I told dad I would only sponsor him if he was going to do it in fancy dress which he reluctantly accepted. It has snowballed. He was going to do it is one outfit but on Sunday he changed many times including ….Jo Exotic (Tiger King), Forrest Gump, Elvis and Freddie Mercury etc etc. Donna at French’s Fancy Dress offered to support him by allowing use of some of her costumes’
She added: He’s already had over £700 of donations since the page went live including ex Chailey pupils and Sussex Partnership staff’


Alan will be Tony Williams guest on Uckfield FM tomorrow morning at 1130.


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