THE sky above Hartlepool was filled with colour in memory of brave Callum Smith.
Dozens of families gathered together on Saturday to remember the battling youngster by releasing brightly-coloured balloons in Ward Jackson Park.
The event was organised by One Hart, One Mind, One Future, a support group run by the parents of disabled children, to celebrate Callum’s short life.
The three-year-old lost his battle on Sunday, February 1, after fighting a string of conditions including epilepsy, dystonia and hypertonia.
Tributes poured in for the youngster who was described as an “amazing boy who touched the hearts of everyone” by his proud parents Zoe Neesam, 21, and Luke Smith, 24.
Christine Fewster, a member of One Hart, One Mind, One Future, said the balloon release stirred up a mixture of emotions for those who took part.
She said: “It went really well. Lots of families and friends turned up from all over the town.
“I think we had about 60 people there all together and it just showed how much Callum was loved.
“It was a lovely opportunity for families to come along and remember all of those happy times with Callum.
“There was a real mixture of emotions, some sad and some happy, but it was all about celebrating Callum and remembering the happy times, and to fill the sky with bright colours for him.
“He was a real character and he loved bright colours and it just looked fantastic when all the balloons were floating up into the sky.”
She added: “Callum was just a very brave, happy little boy who just got on with things.
“He had a lot of health problems, but he just got on with it – he was a right battler.
“He’ll always be remembered by the people of Hartlepool.”
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 about £14,000.
After his sad passing, his mum said: “Callum was a very special, amazing boy, who touched the hearts of everyone, but most of all his mammy and daddy.
“He fought for so long and we were told we wouldn’t have seen him reach three years if it wasn’t for us and his determination and fight.”
His family are now planning a funeral which will include bright colours.
Zoe added: “What we do know is that we want bright colours because Callum wouldn’t give anyone the time of day in black clothes, he liked colourful and bright things.”