Friends and family of a three-year-old girl, who died last month, ran the Hastings Half Marathon in her memory.
Little Mila Rose Morton passed away on February 10 at home with her family after a four-week spell in hospital.
The youngster’s family decided to take part in this year’s race on March 19 in tribute to her and to raise money for charity.
Mila Rose’s grandmother Louise Bilsby said: “My son, Billy Morton and his partner Naomi had since January 12 been sitting at the bedside of their three-year-old daughter at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
“On February 10 Mila Rose lost her fight and passed away with mummy and daddy by her side.
“Billy and his cousin Nathan ran the Hastings race without any real preparation in order to raise money in her memory for the Evelina hospital and the Ronald McDonald House that was so valuable to us all as a family.
“Other families will be going through the same thing and we feel it is such a worthy charity to donate to.”
A fundraising website has been set up by the youngster’s parents. On it, they said: “Mila spent four weeks in hospital with metapneumovirus, which led to her suffering a massive brain injury that shut her body down. With the help from the South Thames Retrieval Service, we were able to bring her home for her final hours. She was the most beautiful, courageous, loving and happy child, despite all that life threw at her. She never gave up.”
Louise added that from birth Mila Rose had an undiagnosed neurometabolic condition.
Neurometabolic disorders are a group of conditions causing problems with both metabolism and brain function.
Billy completed the half marathon in two hours, 17 minutes and his cousin, two hours and four minutes.
Mila Rose’s three cousins also took part and completed the children’s mini run.
To donate, visit milarose.morton.muchloved.com.
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