CREATIVE children have come up with a way to support families with poorly or premature babies in hospital.

Pupils from Layfield Primary School in Yarm have created handmade cards, complete with a special inspiring message, which will be given to children across the North East who have a sibling being cared for on a neonatal unit.

The cards are part of a wider project set up by Leo’s, a charity set up by Yarm mum Lottie King, founded in the memory of her own son who lost his life at four hours old.

The project is supported through a grant by Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.

“It can be such a scary place for them with all the wires and equipment,” said Lottie.

Leo is survived by his twin Oska and older brother Dax who are pupils at Layfield Primary.

“Our hope is that these packs improve the sibling’s time on the ward, lessen the worry they feel, and allow parents to feel calmer. The idea is all based on my eldest son and on his experience; what we have to done comes from real life experience,” said Ms King.