SLIMMING women will hit the road in memory a tot who died from meningitis.
Layton John Cleaver died aged just 16 months old after suffering from the condition, leaving his family, including parents David and Kimberley, devastated.
The baby lost his battle with meningococcal septicaemia in October 2009.
But now, friends of Layton’s family from a slimming class are to set off on a five-mile walk, starting from Hetton Victory Club, in his honour.
The cash raised will go towards the Hetton youngster’s Forever Fund, which helps Meningitis UK’s research into the devastating disease.
Layton’s grandparents Lynda and Ian Heath, who run the Victory Club, thanked the people from the area for stepping out for the good cause.
Lynda, 54, said: “We just want to say many thanks to everybody concerned for their help in raising this money.
“We hope it’s a big success and hopefully it will stop people going through what we went through.
“It would be absolutely fantastic if they manage to raise a lot of money for the fund.”
Andrea Webb, 42, of Hetton, is one of the Slimming World members organising the fund-raising drive.
The class meets at Hetton Church Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.
Andrea said: “We are hoping to raise about £1,000 from everybody’s sponsorship together.
“There are about 30 of us doing the walk, with most from the slimming class but some from outside it as well.”
The walk takes place on Sunday, April 29, starting from the Victory Club at 10am.
A family fun day will also take place at Hetton Victory Club, in Richard Street, Hetton, with tombolas, raffles and activities for children.
All are welcome to attend.
For more details about the fund-raising events or further details, call Andrea on 07834 236494.