A mother is gearing up for a big challenge to thank staff and a charity who helped save her son’s life.
Louiza Caulfield, from North Tyneside, is one of 5,000 runners set to take part in the Morrisons Great North 10k Gateshead on Sunday, July 5.
I’m excited about doing the Great North 10k, as it’s my first event of any kind, so I’m super excited to be a part of it.Louiza Caulfield
The run will take in landmarks on the Quayside including Sage Gateshead, BALTIC and the Millennium Bridge.
Louiza is running to raise money for Tiny Lives Fund at the RVI after her son Felix was born weighing just 1lb.
She said: “Felix was looked after by nurses on Ward 35 of the RVI Newcastle, who are supported by Tiny Lives Trust.
“Felix was discharged from hospital after two months weighing only 3lb 8oz, and I have pledged to raise money for Tiny Lives, as without them I don’t know how we would have made it through the other side.
“I’m excited about doing the Great North 10k, as it’s my first event of any kind, so I’m super excited to be a part of it.”
Speaking of the pregnancy and birth, Louiza said: “I had preeclampsia very early on in my pregnancy and his growth stopped and he wasn’t moving.
“We were told that day that he would die within a few hours and I was admitted to hospital on bed rest.
“He didn’t grow much more but he somehow hung in there. I was kept on bed rest for two months, then at 31 weeks I had a seizure and I went into full eclampsia.
“My kidneys stopped working and my blood pressure went so high they said I was minutes away from having a stroke.
“Felix was born straight after that and he was taken into intensive care.”
David Hart, communications director at The Great Run Company, said: “Since the first staging in 2007, the Morrisons Great North 10k Gateshead has grown in status to the region’s biggest 10k run.
“It’s also the sister event to the Morrisons Great North Run, and the perfect opportunity to get some miles in ahead of the big one in September, which is exactly what World and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich did last year.
“We look forward to welcoming thousands of people to the start line in July, and whether they’re taking part for fundraising, fitness or fun, it will be a day to remember.”
Entries for the Morrisons Great North 10k are open at www.greatrun.org/north10k