A RESTAURANT chain is backing the battle to raise £5,000 for a little boy.
Every Hartlepool branch of McDonald’s is raising money for Callum Smith, the 22-month-old youngster whose emotional story has tugged at the heartstrings of Mail readers over the last three weeks.
Callum has spent 171 days in hospital. That’s 26.5 per cent of his life.
He has a string of conditions including epilepsy, reflux problems, dystonia, hypertonia, and problems with swallowing.
He also has visual impairment, an inability to hold his airways open, secretion problems and global developmental delay which means he can not hold his head up.
All his proud parents Luke Smith, 23, and Zoe Neesam, 21, want for him is “a room where he can smile”.
That’s why we launched Callum’s Dream, in conjunction with town charity Epilepsy Outlook, to raise the £5,000 needed to make the wish become reality.
The appeal now has the support of McDonald’s thanks to Mark Nuttall, the franchise holder for Hartlepool and Durham.
He said: “We have put collecting tins at 18 tills and we estimate we can raise £500 a month.”
On top of that, Mark has also put in a £250 donation for Callum.
Mark, who is a community governor at Springwell School in Hartlepool, told the Mail: “I am trying to do a lot more in the community and this felt like it was a good thing to do.”
Collecting tins can now be found at McDonald’s outlets at Hartlepool Marina, Burn Road and in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.
To support Callum;
l Take donations to the Epilepsy Outlook charity shops at 199 York Road, and 104 Oxford Road, both in Hartlepool.
l Pay 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.
l WE want people to raise money for Callum – but we also want to give you the publicity you deserve for your fundraising efforts.
Give us a call and we’ll highlight what lengths you went to, to raise cash for Callum’s plight.
Get in touch with Mail head of features Chris Cordner on (01429) 239377, or send him an email to email@example.com.