Catherine Lupton and Andy Sykes to run Great North Run in memory of son, Joseph

Catherine Lupton and Andy Sykes, who are to take part in the Great North Run in memory of their son, Joseph, who died when only a few hours old. With them are sons George, aged two, left, and Seth, aged 22 months

Catherine Lupton and Andy Sykes, who are to take part in the Great North Run in memory of their son, Joseph, who died when only a few hours old. With them are sons George, aged two, left, and Seth, aged 22 months

First published in News
Last updated

A COUPLE will mark the fifth anniversary of their baby son's birth and death by taking part in next month's Great North Run to raise funds for a charity for premature and sick babies.

Catherine Lupton and Andy Sykes' fourth child Joseph was born at York Hospital on August 29, 2009, when Catherine was only 25 weeks into her pregnancy.

Joseph weighed just 640gs and was transferred to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough but died in Catherine's arms there, nine hours after he was born.

Catherine, from Armoury Road in Selby, has told in a blog of his traumatic delivery and death, revealing how medics had advised it was in his best interest to let him fall to sleep as he was becoming unresponsive.

"How I agreed I will never ever know, but as his Mummy I knew I didn’t want him to suffer and so took all pain into my heart when I said ‘Yes’ to turning his life support off," she wrote.

"We had Joseph baptised minutes afterwards with the amazing team who tried to save him. They were standing by us all and then he was placed into my arms. The nurse explained that he wouldn’t feel any pain as she took his tubes away from him and he would just fall to sleep peacefully.

"Joseph Elliott John died in my arms at 8.40pm that night. My fourth child who was to complete our bubble. Two boys and two girls! I felt like the luckiest person alive weeks before and at that moment it had all changed.

"He only weighed 640g but his life has left the biggest imprint upon my heart forever and his strength for those nine hours has made me a better person forever."

She said she had decided in the New Year to mark what would have been Joseph's fifth birthday by taking part in five fundraising activities in his memory through the year for the charity Bliss, and has already competed in the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere.

"After the run we intend to carry on with further 10ks," she said, adding that she campaigned in North Yorkshire for Bliss and had recently set up Selby's first Family Support Group for families who had had babies born very early.

For more information, go to bliss.tributefunds.com/fund/joseph+elliott+sykes  

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:02pm Tue 26 Aug 14

GixerGaz says...

So tragic and touching. Makes you realise what's important in life.

My deepest sympathies.
So tragic and touching. Makes you realise what's important in life. My deepest sympathies. GixerGaz
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree