A mum and son will be donning their capes to mark national superhero day with a fundraising challenge and unofficial world record attempt.

Five-year-old Leon Morrison and mum Julie, the founder of Baby Loss Retreat, are taking part in My Superhero Run to help raise funds and awareness for the work of the Lanarkshire charity.

They plan to complete a 5km walk near their Coatbridge home on Wednesday, April 28 – dressed in eyecatching superhero costumes – as part of the wider virtual fundraising event.

Now they are encouraging other members of the community to join in on the day, when participants in fancy dress will be running, walking and scooting all across the UK in support of their chosen good causes.

My Superhero Run is also asking anyone getting involved to send in a photo of their costumed 5k at they bid to create a new unofficial record for “the most people dressed as a superhero and photographed in a 24-hour period”.

Leon and Julie will be raising funds for Baby Loss Retreat
Leon and Julie will be raising funds for Baby Loss Retreat

Julie told Lanarkshire Live: “It’s a bit of fun for kids and helps to raise funds and awareness for our charity and others.

“Leon and I will be doing our walk around Coatbridge and we’ll have collection buckets on the day, and we’d love anyone who sees us to stop and chat to find out about what we’re doing.

“I’d seen My Superhero Run on Facebook and thought it was a great idea, so I got in touch and now Baby Loss Retreat is one of its charity partners.

“We’re looking forward to it, and it’s a good thing for people’s mental health – both being outside and walking, and doing something fun like this to put a smile on faces.”

Baby Loss Retreat also being supported by pupils at St Timothy’s Primary in Coatbridge and Kirktonholme nursery in Glasgow, who plan to run their own themed activities on the day.

Leon even gained his first donation as he and his mum were photographed by Lanarkshire Live, with Julie saying: “A couple asked about our costumes and what we were doing – they thought it was a great fundraising idea and gave Leon a donation straight away, which was so kind of them.”

See mysuperherorun.com for more information on registering to take part; and participants wishing to be counted in the unofficial world record attempt can email pictures from the day to [email protected] or post them on social media using #mysuperherorun.