THE voting is open - now it’s up to you to show your support for Callum’s Dream.
Supporting the poorly Hartlepool youngster is exactly what the generous residents in Hartlepool have done since the Mail launched the Callum’s Dream campaign.
And the incredible success of the campaign - so far raising more than £12,000 for the youngster with the total still rising - has led to Callum’s Dream being nominated as one of the top 30 editorial campaigns across the UK.
Today, on the first day of Local Newspaper Week, online voting opens and we are urging Mail readers to show your support once more.
Under the slogan Making a Difference, the theme to this year’s Local Newspaper Week aims to demonstrate how local newspapers can make a significant difference to the lives of people in the community.
That’s what the generous support of Mail readers has done for Callum.
“You wouldn’t believe how much of a difference the campaign has made to Callum’s life and to ours,” said Zoe Neesam, 21, Callum’s loving mum.
“Instead of having to worry about how we are going to afford the travel and the equipment which has been so beneficial, we have just been able to relax and focus all of our efforts on giving Callum all of our love, making sure we get absolutely everything out of every day we spend with him.”
The two-year-old takes 15 types of medication three times a day for a string of serious conditions including epilepsy, dystonia and hypertonia and is fed through a tube in his stomach.
Callum’s parents Zoe and Luke Smith, 23, said they would “love” the campaign to support their brave son to receive national recognition.
And that’s where you play your part.
Voting runs until this Friday, May 16 and all you have to do to vote is visit www.localnewspaperweek.co.uk and click on the making a Difference tab across the top of the page of follow the link on the web version of this story.
Remember to remind your friends, family and colleagues to do the same to help rack up as many votes for the campaign as possible.
Throughout this week, we will run a series of stories looking back at how the Hartlepool Mail has made a difference in the local community.
There’s also the opportunity to get involved with Local Newspaper Week on Twitter by following @localpaperweek and using the hashtags #LNW and #MakingaDifference. The winning campaign will be announced on May 16.