Lots of mums will be joined by their daughters at the Manchester Midnight Walk on Friday, April 26. But no family will surely match the unique story of Carol Higgins, from Burnage, who will be accompanied by her identical quadruplet daughters!
It is still hard to tell them apart, especially as Louisa, Elaina, Rebecca and Sophia all have similar beautiful long dark hair.
The quads reach 29 in May and have decided to turn the 10k city centre walk, organised by St Ann’s Hospice, into an early family birthday celebration.
Carol already had sons Carl and Barry when she underwent an emergency Caesarean section at 30 weeks pregnant.
The babies, conceived naturally, were born within 60 seconds, each weighing under three pounds.
Carol said: “I didn’t think they’d all survive and knew I’d get them mixed up, so for six months they kept wearing the name bracelets from hospital. I kept the same baby in the same cot.
“I was lucky to have amazing family support and my only regret is that it all went in a blur and I didn’t have time to enjoy it.
“The girls are very supportive and protective of each other and are typical sisters. They have similar tastes in clothes and all like sport.”
Their celebrity led to an appearance on the Jay Leno chat show in Los Angeles, aged nine. Elaina works in a bank, Rebecca is with the RAF and Louisa is a police officer.
Carol said: “We were on a night out in town that night and everyone was touched by what happened.
“Like me the girls love Manchester. I was born and bred here and have never lost my roots and my dad Cecil was a police sergeant in the city centre.
“Trying to us all get together isn’t easy and it’ll be our first time doing the Manchester Midnight Walk which brings the community together.
“We’ve lost a lot of family and friends to cancer and know from experience the care and compassion that hospices offer patients and families.”
The walk, now in its 13th year, starts and ends at Manchester Cathedral. Musical entertainment is from 9 pm.
Interested walkers can sign up by visiting www.mmwalk.org.uk or call 0161 498 3631. A Standard Adult Fee is £21 (aged 18 and over); Youth Walkers (minimum age 11-17) pay £11; Previous Walkers £16; Groups (5 or more) £16 per person.