Win­ner Liam has brought lots of long-awaited baby joy for fam­ily

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY MAX­INE McARTHUR

THIS smil­ing face which brought long-awaited baby­boy joy to a fam­ily af­ter his mother’s dev­as­tat­ing loss has been crowned the Times Tots 2018 cham­pion.

Lit­tle Liam Salina beat hun­dreds of en­trants to take home the cov­eted tro­phy and £1,000 prize, but his proud par­ents, Breigh O’Donnell and Wil­liam Salina are the real win­ners.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart­break­ing preg­nancy loss, the cou­ple thought their dream of hav­ing a baby boy was over un­til a spe­cial mes­sage en­cour­age Breigh to hold out hope.

The 44-year-old told the Evening Times: “I lost a baby and went to see a psy­chic who told me ‘your boy is wait­ing to come back to you when­ever you’re ready.

“I had Alyssa, 12, and then we thought maybe Tea­gan, who is nine, would be the boy but she wasn’t and we gave up a bit but now he’s here.

“All his dates with scans etc lined up with im­por­tant dates for my dad who passed away, like his birthday and an­niver­sary, which is men­tal for me be­cause I believe in all that.”

Af­ter wel­com­ing Liam in Novem­ber 2016, the fam­ily’s lives have been flipped up­side down by the “typ­i­cal boy” who loves to keep mum and dad on their toes, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now, with the help of a lit­tle cash boost from his com­pe­ti­tion win, the fam­ily plan to spoil the tot on his up­com­ing sec­ond birthday and are hop­ing to lend a help­ing hand to Santa with plans for an ex­tra spe­cial Christ­mas.

Breigh added: “The prize money will be spent on him. He’s ob­sessed with cars and keys so he was get­ting a toy car any­way – now he’ll get an even bet­ter one.”

Since the com­pe­ti­tion be­gan, Liam has forced his way into the hearts of read­ers across Glas­gow, but the fam­ily still can’t believe he has won, es­pe­cially since Breigh didn’t plan to en­ter him in the first place.

She said: “I’m still kind of half shocked. I can’t believe it.

“It was my friend who wanted to put him in and she picked the pic­ture. It wasn’t un­til af­ter he was in I re­alised his face was dirty in it.

“I never ex­pected him to go far, never mind win, but it shows you the power of so­cial me­dia be­cause I just kept shar­ing it and it must’ve been my friends that voted.”

Breigh added: “It just proves any­one can win. I didn’t think we stood a chance, but here we are.

“I have a small fam­ily but good friends who voted to keep him in.

“We’re from the Gor­bals and there were a few other kids in the com­pe­ti­tion from there but, when they were knocked out, they backed him.

“It’s quite a close-knit com­mu­nity, there’s a lot of good peo­ple but I didn’t ex­pect this.

“Since I found out he won my phone has been buzzing non-stop with peo­ple say­ing well done. It’s men­tal.”

Liam will also re­ceive a £250 voucher for The Forge Shop­ping Cen­tre, a cer­tifi­cate and a framed pho­to­graph.

In sec­ond place was four­month-old Barry McEleney while six-month-old Pay­ton Jarvis fol­lowed in third place.

Both will re­ceive a voucher for the shop­ping cen­tre, a framed pho­to­graph and a cer­tifi­cate to cel­e­brate their suc­cess in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Liam Salina with his proud sis­ters Alyssa, and Tea­gan Pic­tures: Colin Mearns

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