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Fast-food giant McDonald’s to hold Hartlepool fundays to boost Callum fund

Mark Nutall pictured with Hartlepoo  McDonald's staff Cheryl Aspinall, Lucy Lilley, Alice Auton and Jessica Horsfield

Mark Nutall pictured with Hartlepoo McDonald's staff Cheryl Aspinall, Lucy Lilley, Alice Auton and Jessica Horsfield

RESTAURANT bosses have revealed plans for fundays to support a youngster who has pulled at the heartstrings of Hartlepool people.

McDonald’s is planning a Bank Holiday fundraiser for Callum Smith, the little Hartlepool boy who has epilepsy and a string of other conditions.

The Hartlepool Mail and town charity Epilepsy Outlook jointly launched a campaign last month to raise £5,000 for Callum so that he could have a sensory room in his Laird Road home, where he is cared for by his mum and dad Zoe Neesam, 21, and Luke Smith, 23.

We smashed through that target last week and the fund total now stands at around £7,500.

But Callum’s needs are ongoing and that’s why McDonald’s and other caring people are continuing the support.

Mark Nuttall, the franchise holder for the Hartlepool branches of the restaurant chain, said each of the three town outlets had put collecting tins on the tills and the response had been “amazing”.

But the support will continue with fundays on August 24, 25 and 26.

Mark added: “Staff will be doing a tombola, raffle and face painting. It is amazing how well the campaign for Callum has done and we want to continue support.”

Money donated to McDonald’s collecting tins have added around £1,000 to the appeal total so far.

Callum 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 openand he cannot hold his head up.

 

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