Marathon feat inspired by late grandfather

Ray Clemence showing his first Cup Final medal to Mr Mott

Ray Clemence showing his first Cup Final medal to Mr Mott

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A Skegness PE teacher who inspired a pupil to go onto England international football glory has gone on to inspire another feat - even in death.

The late Frank Mott, who taught at the Lumley Secondary School, set former England and Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence on the road to football success.

Lloyd as a child with his late grandad Frank Mott.

Lloyd as a child with his late grandad Frank Mott.

Mr Mott was a PE teacher for most of his life and it was while playing for the local youth team, which he ran, that Clemence was first talent-spotted.

Sadly, Mr Mott developed dementia aged 73 and died six years later, in 2013.

Now his grandson Lloyd Girardi is set to run the London Marathon in April in honour of him - to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The 29-year-old says he is ‘so proud’ of his grandad and is aiming to raise £3,000.

“He was my idol,” said Lloyd, who now lives in Nottingham.

“He loved sport and so do I - every time I play football I think of him.

“He had an absolutely cracking sense of humour, and was such a good grandad to my brother and me. About 200 people came to his funeral, he was really popular.

“He basically spotted Ray Clemence’s talent, which is quite an achievement. Watching him fade away with dementia was really heart-breaking.

“Unfortunately, because of dementia, I lost my grandad way before he died.”

“I think he’d be really proud of me for running this marathon, I know my grandma is.”

By raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, Lloyd hopes he can bring the charity one step closer to finding the cure for dementia.

Currently there are 850,000 people across the UK living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related illnesses - including more than 11,000 in Lincolnshire.

l To donate to Lloyd’s marathon appeal visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LloydGirardi.