Gift to Evie is hailed as a lovely gesture

Jacqui Gettings, of Epilepsy Outlook, who welcomed the donation of equipment to Evie McCabe.
Jacqui Gettings, of Epilepsy Outlook, who welcomed the donation of equipment to Evie McCabe.

A Hartlepool mother was today praised for her “beautiful” gesture after she donated specialist pieces of sensory equipment to a little girl - all in her son’s memory.

The Mail reported yesterday how 22-year-old Zoe Neesam handed over equipment which had been used by her cherished son Callum Smith before he passed away in February after fighting against a string of conditions including epilepsy, dystonia and hypertonia.

Sensory lights, a swing and other equipment were among a range of items that were given to battling Callum following a Mail campaign to help the poorly youngster.

They were all handed over to four-year-old Evie McCabe who is herself fighting conditions including four-limb cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and microcephaly.

Callum was taken to the hearts of the people of Hartlepool when we launched the Callum’s Dream appeal, in conjunction with town charity Epilepsy Outlook, in the summer of 2013.

We asked our readers to help raise £5,000 so Callum could have a sensory room at his home.

The campaign succeeded in its mission and then went on to raise almost three times the initial target, totalling around £14,000, much to the delight of Callum’s parents, Zoe and Luke Smith, 24.

Now, Evie is benefiting from the same equipment raised by the appeal money and the news brought delight to Jacqui Gettings, the Epilepsy Outlook operations manager.

She said: “This is such a lovely thing to do.

“Zoe knows what a difference this equipment makes to families so this is a lovely legacy.

“It is great that the equipment is going to be used and is going to benefit another family.”

Jacqui said some of the equipment “would have meant everything to Zoe” as it would have so many memories for her.

She described the donation to Evie as “a beautiful gesture.”

Callum, three, and Evie, four, were inseparable friends at playgroup. They loved the same cartoons and music.

Evie’s mum Shelley Coull, 40 - who is her full-time carer, said her daughter already loves the donated items such as the lights.