Callum’s Dream: Campaign DOUBLES its target!

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THANKS for being unbelievably good.

That’s the message to the people of Hartlepool who have raised an astonishing £10,000 for a little boy.

Epilepsy Outlook operations manager Jacqui Gettings pictured with Callum and parents Zoe and Luke.

Epilepsy Outlook operations manager Jacqui Gettings pictured with Callum and parents Zoe and Luke.

And the new landmark means we have DOUBLED the target originally set for the Callum’s Dream appeal - the battle to raise enough money for a sensory room for little Callum Smith.

Stunned Zoe Neesam, 21, and Luke Smith, 23, are the parents of the brave little hero who has fought a string of conditions for all of his life.

Today, Zoe, of Laird Road in Hartlepool said: “I am dumbfounded. It is amazing how many people have held different events for my son.

“And even after we get the sensory room, there is going to be enough left over so that we don’t have to worry about the future for Callum.”

The Hartlepool Mail. in a joint campaign with the Hartlepool charity Epilepsy Outlook, started the Callum’s Dream appeal in July to raise the £5,000 needed to give him a sensory room.

But our fantastic readers responded in style and within four weeks of launching the appeal, we had topped the £5,000 mark.

Now, the appeal total - taking in the amount bank and money still to be banked - stands at £10,184 and it’s still just eight weeks since we began the appeal.

Epilepsy Outlook project manager Jacqui Gettings said: “I can’t believe it. It is unbelievable, it really is.

“It is so wonderful that so many people have helped this little boy and we are over the moon. We want to say a heartfelt big thank you to the people of Hartlepool. We are really grateful to everyone who has fundraised and been part of it all.

“It has been a wonderful thing to do for a really lovely family.”

In his short life, Callum has been in hospital almost as often as at home.

At one point, he spent 12 weeks in intensive care when his lung collapsed. Doctors advised his parents to have him Christened in case his days were numbered.

He now needs round-the-clock care from Luke and Zoe.

A massive £2,289 from the three McDonald’s outlets in Hartlepool helped to push the total to amazing new heights.

The branches held fundays throughout the last Bank Holiday weekend with face painting, raffles, and fancy dress.

McDonald’s franchise holder for Hartlepool and Durham Mark Nuttall said: “Wow. It’s brilliant news. We have been overwhelmed by the support from the local community and I think the response of the stores has been brilliant in raising awareness of this really worthy cause.”

But even though we’ve reached £10,000, the support for Callum must go on as he has continuing needs.

People can give donations to the Epilepsy Outlook charity shops at 199 York Road, and 104 Oxford Road, both in Hartlepool.

Or they can pay it straight into the Lloyds TSB branch in York Road.

The bank details are:-

Account Name - Epilepsy Outlook Project.

Sort Code - 30-99-47.

Account number - 24594260.

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