Terminally-ill Leeds dad receives heartwarming Father's Day message from his young daughters

Two sisters from Leeds have sent a touching Father's Day message to their dad - which has been displayed on billboards across the country.

By Abbey Maclure
Saturday, 20th June 2020, 11:45 am
Lloyd Pinder pictured with his two daughters - Gracie, 11, and Lola, seven
Lloyd Pinder pictured with his two daughters - Gracie, 11, and Lola, seven

Lloyd Pinder, 48, was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer when he was just 44.

He is shielding from his wife Tina and his two daughters, seven-year-old Lola and 11-year-old Gracie, due to his risk of infection from coronavirus.

Now the Pinder sisters have sent a touching message to their dad which has been displayed online and on billboards across the UK as part of a Prostate Cancer UK campaign.

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The Pinder sisters' message has been displayed online and on billboards across the country

The message reads: “Happy Father’s Day to the bravest, grumpiest, coolest, trainer collecting Dad in the world. We love you loads. Gracie and Lola x”

Prostate Cancer UK has created the special public online space for dedications and tributes to dads and father figures.

The charity is asking the public to share a message or tribute on the Dedication to Dad wall, where they can also make a donation to help fund lifesaving research into prostate cancer.

Last week prostate cancer was announced as the UK’s most commonly diagnosed cancer for the first time, according to new figures - 10 years earlier than previously predicted.

Prostate Cancer UK says that's largely due to increased awareness of the disease in recent years and, in a bid to get research up and running again following the coronavirus pandemic, the new project was announced for Father's Day.

Unaware of his daughters' involvement, Lloyd was stunned to see their message at the front of the new campaign this week.

Lloyd told Gracie and Lola: "I will fight with all my heart my darlings to make sure we share another Father's Day together. Daddy loves you ever so much."

As well as the Dedication to Dad wall, Prostate Cancer UK launched three brand-new cards and e-cards in time for Father’s Day with all proceeds going towards the charity's research.

Angela Culhane, Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK said: “Father’s Day is a hugely important date in the charity’s calendar and we’re really excited about our new Dedication to Dad wall, which will prove a wonderful place to display the ultimate tribute to all those much-loved Dads and father figures. We thank everyone who has made this project possible.

“We want to celebrate what makes our dads so special, remember those unique moments, the laughter, the good times and those magical memories, and pay homage to those no longer with us.

“Around 400,000 men are living with or after a prostate cancer diagnosis, and that number keeps rising.

"Now, for the first time ever, it has become the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK and we’ve reached this point a decade or so earlier than previously predicted, which is in part due to a big increase in awareness of the disease in recent years. 

“There is still much work to do, and during this difficult time our aim is to secure the future of prostate cancer research and ensure more men and their families have more Father’s Days together.”

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