An eight-month-old baby will be taking part in a charity walk, carried by his parents, in honour of the grandmother who sadly passed away before he was born.

Charles Pereira from Orford will join mum Carolina and dad Dan for the Manchester Virtual Walk in aid of St Ann’s Hospice, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary later this month.

The charity’s special milestone is the same weekend as Carolina’s birthday on May 14 and the couple’s second wedding anniversary on May 18.

The family will be walking 10km to raise money for the hospice where Carolina’s late mother Clara Silva was a patient just under two years ago.

Clara, who moved from her home in Lisbon to be closer to her daughter, died of pancreatic cancer aged 64.

Carolina said: “Mum moved over to be near me because I was planning on having a baby but sadly she passed away before I was even pregnant.

“She wanted to go to the hospice in Little Hulton and we were really impressed with the care we received, so we’d like to thank them for the good work they do for the community.

“Mum was always a very caring person. She took care of her disabled sister, her mother and her kids and was looking forward to now helping me raise my son.”

Carolina and Dan will split the walk over a few days carrying baby Charles and mark their special events with some low-key celebrations.

Carolina said: “I'm so fed up of my local park after walking round it over and over again for the last year, so we'll probably go further afield within restrictions.

“Charles has never left Warrington yet, so we'd like to show him the beach or the mountains while he’s in his carrier.”

To sponsor the Pereira family visit To sign up for the walk go to or call St Ann’s on 0161 498 3631.