Final gesture of cancer patient

Callum with his parents Luke and Zoe and the �20 donation made by a neighbour to Callum's Dream appeal just days before her death.
Callum with his parents Luke and Zoe and the �20 donation made by a neighbour to Callum's Dream appeal just days before her death.

A TERMINAL cancer sufferer donated £20 to support little Callum Smith in a remarkable show of kindness just days before she sadly passed away.

The parents of the brave 21-month-old who battles a string of conditions including epilepsy, dystonia and hypertonia have been taken aback by the response of Hartlepool residents since the Mail launched the Callum’s Dream campaign.

But mum Zoe Neesam, 21, said she was “amazed” when her neighbour who she barely knew and who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer contacted the family to ask how Callum was doing, and then donated £20 to help fund new specialist equipment for the youngster.

“Her daughter came up to us and said her mum had been asking how Callum was so I said I would take him round to visit her,” said Zoe.

“When we went round she gave us £20 and at the time I just thought ‘wow’.

“She had so many problems of her own but she was still thinking about Callum and wanted to donate money in support.

“I just think it’s amazing, such a nice gesture.”

Just days later Callum’s parents, Zoe and Luke Smith, 23, were told their neighbour had passed away.

“To think it was her final days and she was thinking about Callum and wanting to support him is so kind,” added Zoe.

“She was a lovely lady.”

Callum also suffers with visual impairment, an inability to hold his airways open, secretion problems and cannot hold his head up.

Residents have so far raised more than £4,000 in support of the Callum’s Dream campaign, which we launched in conjunction with town charity Epilepsy Outlook.