CUPS of tea and plates of cookies. They were the tasty treats which helped to boost a fundraising appeal for a little boy.
A Victorian tea was held at Cook’s Corner Cafe, in Church Square, Hartlepool to raise money for the Callum’s Dream appeal.
Fifty people turned up to sample to peanut butter cookies, eclairs, sandwiches and macaroons.
Cafe owner Jason Cook said: “It was absolutely packed and we had 50 people in. We raised £280 and there was never a free table throughout the day.”
The Hartlepool Mail launched the Callum’s Dream appeal, in association with Hartlepool charity Epilepsy Outlook, to raise the £5,000 needed to install a sensory room filled with lights, projectors and fibre optics to change the life of 22-month-old Callum Smith for the better.
But the total sailed beyond that target within a month and topped £7,500 last month.
Jason added: “It was a really social day and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Quite a few of Callum’s family were there and they are really nice people.”
Jason regularly holds fundraising Victorian teas. He said: “We try and hold one every three months and we plan to do another one soon.”
Callum has epilepsy and numerous other conditions. In his short life, he has been in hospital almost as often as at his Laird Road home in Hartlepool.
He is cared for by his mum Zoe Neesam, 21, and dad Luke Smith, 23.
Despite the target being passed, the campaign to support Callum goes on as he has many more requirements and his needs will continue for years to come.
Jason held three hours of fundraising at the cafe where home-made cakes, biscuits and sandwiches were all on the menu.
We’re hoping even more people will back the campaign to help this little boy.
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.