Dad’s run to help children’s charity

Charlie Haywood (centre) with friend Matt Darcy and brother Mike Haywood.
Charlie Haywood (centre) with friend Matt Darcy and brother Mike Haywood.
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A Lancaster dad has raised more than £750 towards a charity that buys medical equipment which helped his young son.

Charlie Haywood took part in the recent Great North Run to raise funds for MedEquip4Kids.

The charity buys paediatric medical equipment for hospitals, such as that used to help Charlie’s son Joe in the early weeks of his life when he needed urgent medical care.

Charities such as MedEquip4Kids help to provide hospitals with the right equipment to ensure children like Joe are given the best chance of recovery.

Joe was born in Lancaster on September 26 2010.

During labour he was deprived of oxygen, and was transferred to Liverpool Women’s Hospital to receive emergency treatment.

There, Joe’s brain was cooled to around 33°C to prevent brain damage.

His parents were warned that there was still a 50 per cent chance of permanent damage, but the early signs were good, and after three days he opened his eyes and looked around.

Joe is now a happy healthy child with no lasting problems, and celebrates his third birthday today, Thursday.

Charlie said: “We feel very lucky that Joe was born when he was – a few years earlier and Joe’s life may have taken a very different path.”

Charlie has so far raised £755. To boost his total, go to