Members of Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club joined joyful celebrations as a new disabled access path running from the car park along the left hand side of the first team pitch was unveiled.
The official opening comes after a successful fundraising campaign to raise funds for the access to enable Lloyd to watch matches from the sidelines after a motorbike accident last August left the former second row prop paralysed from the waist down.
Town mayor James Ball along with BBC sports personality Geoff Twentyman joined Sodbury lifetime veteran Lloyd to cut the ribbon to officially open the path at the club.
The opening comes after a campaign to raise funds for the access so that life-time veteran Lloyd could still be present at the club after a freak motorbike accident last August left the former second row prop paralysed.
Fundraising teams raised over £8000 for the work that was supported by Chipping Sodbury Town Trust who own the Ridings on Wickwar Road, where the club is situated.
A team cycled 100 miles from the Ridings, taking in the stadiums for Gloucester rugby, the Bristol Bears, and Bath Rugby Club before finishing back at Chipping Sodbury’s home ground.
Local housebuilder Cotswold Homes helped with a donation of £1,000 to the club’s appeal.
Says Sales Director Terri Hayes-Pugh “We’re a local company and always look for ways to assist in the communities in which we build. We were delighted to be part of the fundraising for such a worthy cause and keen to support a project that will benefit so many people going forward.”
The Williams family has been involved with Chipping Sodbury RFC for almost 60 years with all generations of the family playing for the club.
Lloyd was thrilled to be at the opening after undergoing months of rehabilitation and two operations.
He said:”It’s just amazing the cycle ride. I was in the darkest place you ever could have imagined that weekend, that cycle ride got me through it.
“This path is a godsend, I cannot thank everyone involved enough and bring on the new season!.”
James Ball added: “It was a privilege to be at the opening of the new access path. It’s fantastic the pitches can now be accessed by wheelchair users who will be able to spectate much closer to the action. Huge congratulations to all involved.”