THE first phase of work has begun on making a little boy’s dream come true.
A plasterer has started preparing the walls of a planned sensory room for little Callum Smith. And soon after, further work will follow to complete the room which will change Callum’s life for the better.
And all this is happening less than five weeks after we launched the Callum’s Dream appeal, in association with Hartlepool charity Epilepsy Outlook.
Its aim was to raise the £5,000 needed to install a sensory room filled with lights, projectors and fibre optics to change his life for the better.
Plasterer Liam Lee, 22, started work on the room and said: “I think it is wonderful. You could not ask for anything better for the little boy.”
Callum’s mum, Zoe Neesam, 21, said: “It is overwhelming, really. With all the money raised and lots of people doing things. With everyone doing something for us, it is brilliant and it just shows what people can do when they come together.
“I never thought that the appeal was going to be this big and this superb, and I certainly did not expect all this to happen straight away. I thought it would take months and months of work.”
Ever since we launched the appeal, money and other donations have flown in. One mystery donor gave £2,500 while High Tunstall College of Science gave sensory equipment worth thousands of pounds.
Members of the Hartlepool public have handed in money in their droves to collecting points at Epilepsy Outlook and even in the town’s branches of McDonald’s.
The sensory room is being created in the Laird Road home of Callum’s parents, Zoe and Luke Smith, 23, who are both his registered carers.
Liam has known the couple for years, and hoped to complete the plastering work within a day.
In the meantime, the campaign to support Callum goes on as he has many more requirements and his needs will continue for years to come.
To support Callum’s Dream you can:
l Give donations to the Epilepsy Outlook charity shops at 199 York Road, and 104 Oxford Road, both in Hartlepool.
l Pay straight into the account at Lloyds TSB branch in York Road.
The account details are: Account Name – Epilepsy Outlook Project. Sort Code – 30-99-47. Account number – 24594260.