A ROMSEY child has raised hundreds of pounds to support ill children.

As previously reported, Cupernham Junior School pupil Billy Turner spent weeks in the paediatric intensive care unit at Southampton General Hospital in 2016 after his lips suddenly swelled and he could not talk.

The nine-year-old was diagnosed with a serious skin disorder and underwent an operation.

Earlier this year he ran the 2.5k event of the Great South Run to raise money for Friends of PICU at Southampton General Hospital and he has now presented doctors at the hospital with a cheque for £1,000.

His mother Natalie Turner, 39, a wedding planner, from Romsey, said: “Billy completed the 2.5k Great South Run in 12 minutes. He felt so proud, and I felt emotional watching him at the finish line. Billy would like to thank everyone who sponsored him, he is truly grateful.”

The Friends of PICU raises money to support the paediatric intensive care unit in Southampton, the children and their families by providing equipment and services that are not always provided by the statutory authorities.