IDENTICAL premature twins Zachary and Joshua Humphreys are taking on a 2.3km run in support of their godfather’s daughter who was born at 28 weeks.

The Prestwich brothers who were also born at 28 weeks at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, in 2007 are running in the junior Great Manchester Run in the name of India Kabluczenko the daughter of Alun Kabluczenko.

India was born weighing 2.7lb at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on February 4, and her father was due to run in the Chester half marathon to raise money for Cherish Wrecsam, a charity which supports families at the special care baby unit (SCBU).

After Mr Kabluczenko had a fall at work and broke his ankle, the boys, aged nine, volunteered to do a run instead. The brothers, who attend Our Lady of Grace RC Primary School in Prestwich, will take on the challenge on May 28.

Their dad, Nigel Humphreys, said: “When they heard that their godfather had broken his ankle and would not be able to run to raise money they jumped at the chance to help. We have always donated to the Manchester SCBU’s and their mother and my wife, Charlotte has previously run in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for them.

"Every day we remain thankful for the NHS and the special care baby units which saved our children’s lives.”

Zachary, who weighed 2.1lb at birth, and Joshua, who weighed 1.6lb, were born early due to twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and were given a slim chance of survival.

The pair who were cared for in intensive care, suffered chronic lung disease and hadup to six blood transfusions.

They have raised £289.99so far. Go to justgiving.com/fundraising/runningforbabyIndia to donate.