Team to scale Norwich Castle in memory of Tania Lloyd
- Credit: George Ryan
Family and friends of a 'lively, bubbly and colourful' woman who lost her battle with cancer are preparing to descend from the heights of Norwich Castle to raise money for charity.
Tania Lloyd was 47-years-old when she died of kidney cancer in October last year.
The sponsored abseil will take place at 11.15am on Saturday, March 19, exactly one year to the minute after Tania got the diagnosis that her cancer had returned and it was terminal.
Tania's husband Mark will be joined by his daughters Maya Lloyd and Kayleigh Odat and friends Mark Hudson and Samantha Ray as part of Team Tania.
The group will scale their way down the 70 ft (21 m) high castle fund-raise for Cancer Research in the process.
Mr Lloyd said: 'She was admitted to the hospital in the morning and by tea time she had lost her agonizing battle, and I don't use this term lightly, and she passed away in the early evening.
'Tania was a very lively, bubbly and colourful woman who was my soul mate and better half of me for 25 wonderful years.
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'She has also left behind two beautiful grandchildren, two wonderful daughters Kayleigh, Maya and our son Jenson who will soon be 11.'
Mr Lloyd, who lives in New College Close, Gorleston, said his son Jenson suffers from autism, hypersensitivity, global learning delay and is non-verbal. 'Tania was the centre of all of our worlds but especially our Jenson who relied on his mum for everything he needed.'
In October 2014 Tania had her kidney removed and Mr Lloyd said they were both told that kidney cancer was totally recoverable and that should be the end of it.
However just after Christmas Tania felt a lump in her neck and was eventually sent for further testing.
On March 19, 2015 Tania was told her cancer had returned and there was now nothing that could be done.
Mr Lloyd became his wife's carer as she deteriorated, 'Tania got worse and worse until she was totally incapable of looking after herself and I had to do everything for her.'
Businesses in the community have got on board to support the fund-raising effort for Team Tania including King's Landscaping, Lipsec Security and the Folk East festival.
Mr Lloyd is also hoping to hold a fund-raising event and boxing promoter Colin Wood is planning a charity bout.
Mr Lloyd said he hopes that the money they raise for Cancer Research will help to save lives and so far they have raised over £400.
He added: 'This in turn will help every single one of us at some time in ours, or our loved ones lives, and help raise awareness of the devastation that cancer leaves behind.'
To donate to Team Tania's efforts to fund-raise for Cancer Research go to: www.justgiving.com/mark-lloyd20