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Lloyd Scott

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Former footballer now fundraiser, best know for his participation in the London Marathon dressed as a deep sea diver.
Date of birth Friday 13th October 1961 (London).


Lloyd spent his first five years in Stepney, where he was born, before moving to Rainham in Essex. His enjoyment football started early on when he captained the football team at school (as well as the cricket team) and played both sports at district level.

He also played cricket for Essex schoolboys, but it was the football path he followed signing, at the age of 15, as an associate schoolboy with Leyton Orient in 1977. The following year Lloyd signed as an apprentice professional with Orient and during the summer he was part of the ground staff at Lords.

His footballing career got underway when he signed professional forms with Leyton Orient in 1979 and also became a member of the England Youth Squad. The very next year he was voted Orient's Young Player of the Year.

Lloyd left in January 1982 to join Watford, but his stay was only very brief, as he moved onto Blackpool the following June, where he met his future wife Carole, and then in December of the same year he finally made his league debut against Stockport County.

Again after a very short spell at Blackpool, he left to return home to Essex, playing for Dagenham in the GM Vauxhall Conference.

Leaving football behind Lloyd Scott went into the heroic field of fire fighting as he joined the London fire Brigade in February 1985, was the top recruit in the training course and in July was posted to Dagenham Fire Station. The next January (1987) Carole moved down to be with Lloyd and in the September they married.

Two years later, still fighting fires, Lloyd found himself on the scene of a fatal fire and subsequently was awarded a commendation for his actions. He also saved two children from another fire, where he inhaled smoke and was taken to hospital for routine tests.

The following month Lloyd was sadly diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia and immediately started chemotherapy treatment (after storing sperm in a special facility). With neither his brother nor sister suitable as bone marrow donors and Carole expecting their first child, Lloyd began interferon injections, but by April 1988 a donor was found from the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust panel. Lloyd and Carole's first child Aimee was born in the September (‘88).

Amazingly, Lloyd not only continued but also excelled at his career, being promoted to Lead Fireman in 1989 and a month later he completed the London Marathon, just three weeks before he was scheduled to go into hospital for a bone marrow transplant.

He also managed to squeeze in one last game of football, playing for Dagenham against Tottenham Hotspur in a benefit match just six days before entering hospital, and he took part in a half-marathon just the day before!

The transplant was eventually a success, although he nearly died during the operation and spent ten weeks in hospital due to infections and complications. Just three days after leaving hospital Lloyd took part in a five-kilometre fun run at Crystal Palace for the Leukaemia Research Fund.

In 1990, Lloyd had the privilege of meeting his bone marrow donor, Andrew Burgess, and returned to work on light duties. But just eleven months after the transplant Lloyd once again completed the London Marathon in April 1990 and in July was invited to attend the Queen's Garden Party.

Football not forgotten, however, Lloyd played nearly 100 games for a series of local teams in a 12-month period before returning to full operational duties as a fireman.

In October 1992 Lloyd unfortunately had to retire from the fire service due to a neck injury he gained in a car accident earlier in the year and so he began work with the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust, while Carole started artificial insemination and IVF treatment. In that same year Lloyd also completed the Snowdonia Marathon, known as the toughest in Britain.

In 1993 Lloyd completed the Everest Marathon, together with his marrow donor, climbing 18,000 feet up the world's highest peak and in January 1994, Carole gave birth to twin boys, Luke and Elliott.

The next few years were filled with challenge after challenge for Lloyd, including: 5000m swimathon, abseiling down Blackpool Tower, completing the Olympic distance triathlon, completing the 1996 London Marathon (again) dressed in polar gear, participating in and completing the Marathon des Sables (a 145 mile stage race across the Sahara Desert, voted Personality of the Year by Daily Express readers, embarked on Scott II (an expedition to walk unsupported to the South Pole) - collapsed and was flown nearer to his destination and reached the South Pole on Christmas Eve '96, completed the 125-mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon, completed the Fastnet Yacht Race as a crew member and climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

In December 1997 he began work for Leukaemia CARE and the following March he had to abandon plans to take part in the London Marathon in order to undergo a fourth hip operation in a bid to complete the Death Valley Ultra Marathon, which he did in the July in 57 hours and 54 minutes.

In the meantime, the month before Death Valley, Lloyd was appointed as Goalkeeping coach for England's women's football team and in the September after he became the Goalkeeping coach at Spurs.

In April 1999, ten years after his bone marrow transplant – Lloyd completed an expedition to the North Pole and in September he had a sixth operation on his hip.

He has since then completed the London Marathon twice, the last time dressed in an authentic deep sea diving suit and taking five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds; passed the £1 million mark in his fundraising efforts; undergone major surgery on his hip; climbed Argentina's Mount Aconcagua and at 22,841 feet the highest mountain outside Asia; played county cricket for Essex C.C.C; completed the Jordan Desert Cup, another race billed as ‘the toughest footrace on Earth' dressed in fancy dress as Indian Jones; been invited by Tony Blair to Downing Street to watch Trooping of the Colour; been honoured on “This is Your Life”; walked the New York Marathon as a diver; walked the bottom of Loch Ness in the very same diver's suit and ridden across Australia on a Penny Farthing bicycle.

There really is only one thing you can say about this courageous, committed, generous and amazing man: “WOW!”

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