Little Layton will run a mile for Tiny Lives charity

Layton, left, as Superman, with his brother Oscar behind him and their pals.
Layton, left, as Superman, with his brother Oscar behind him and their pals.

A little superhero and his sidekicks are hoping to raise lots of money for a charity which helped save his life.

Layton Simon entered the world at just 27 weeks, and weighing only 2lbs 7ozs, much to the surprise of his mum Sonia Morton,

He’s come on leaps and bounds.

Sonia Morton, Layton’s mum

After spending 15 weeks in various hospitals across the north, he was finally allowed to return to his home in Marsden, South Shields.

And now Layton, three, and his pals want to raise cash for Tiny Lives – a charity which supports premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit at Newcastle’s RVI – by taking part in the Mini Great North Run on Saturday, which will see them jogging for a mile.

Sonia, 43, who lives with partner Keith Simon, said: “When Layton was born I was told he was never going to be a runner by the doctors, but he’s showing them.

“He’s come on leaps and bounds since he was born and he’s caught up no end.

“But when I suggested the Mini Great North Run his friends wanted to get involved too because they’re aware he is a bit smaller than them.

“So we’re hoping to raise as much as we can for Tiny Lives, who helped save him.”

Layton’s shock arrival on June 9, 2012, was hours before his mum was due to see boy band Westlife in Manchester as part of their farewell tour.

On June 13, Layton was transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, by Tiny Lives, where he was given medication for a dot on the heart – which would have become a hole in the heart as he grew.

Then, almost a fortnight later, he was moved to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where he remained and steadily gained weight until Sunday, August 26, and he was allowed home.

At first Layton, who starts at Marsden Nursery next Monday, was on oxygen to help him breathe, but now, although he still has chronic lung disease – a condition which he should grow out of – he’s doing well.

Sonia, who is also mum to five-year-old Oscar, said: “We’ve managed to raise £100 so far, but we’re hoping that companies might give us a helping hand and help boost our total, since it is for such a worthy cause.”

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