A father is set to take on the London Marathon in memory of his son, Sam.

Dudley's Matt Wilkinson will run for premature baby charity The Smallest Things in honour of his late son, who was born 15 weeks premature in 2015.

Twins, Sam and Harry, weighed just 1lb 12oz and 1lb 10oz respectively, when they were born.



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After 107 days in neonatal intensive care, Harry returned home and has since grown into a healthy, outdoor-loving eight-year-old.

Sadly, Sam died at just 16 days old.

Mr Wilkinson's wife, Sally, cherished the few times she spent holding him and feeding him.

Matt said: "We know he fought hard during his short time, so he could play with his brother and sister but sadly he was so tiny and too poorly to make it."

Dudley News: Mr Wilkinson will run the marathon in support of The Smallest Things, a premature baby charity

Wilkinson has been affiliated with the charity focused since 2017, initially as a fundraiser, then as a trustee supporting management and charity initiatives.

Come Sunday (April 21), he will run the marathon in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

Mr Wilkinson said: "I am doing the marathon and supporting The Smallest Things for Sam.

"Unfortunately, Sam's life was very short, he didn't get to play with his brother or chase his big sister.

"But I'm determined Sam's legacy will be to make a difference and I hope that running the London Marathon will raise awareness of prematurity and allow us to share Sam's story."