Helping hand for Callum with host of charity events at Owton Manor Club

Zoe Neesam (2nd right) with friends (left to right) Kayleigh Connolly, Laura Bramley and Kelsey Hornsby.
Zoe Neesam (2nd right) with friends (left to right) Kayleigh Connolly, Laura Bramley and Kelsey Hornsby.

THREE caring women are planning a fundraising night to keep the funds rolling for Hartlepool’s little hero Callum Smith.

Laura Bramley, Kayleigh Connolly and Kelsey Hornsby have lined up an evening of raffles, tombolas and other fun at the Owton Manor Club, in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool.

Six hours of action starts at 6pm on Saturday, April 26, and Laura would love to hear from people who want to help.

Laura said: “We are planning lots of things including sponsored waxes.

“We think Callum is amazing. He is such an inspiration and we want to get the little fighter to Disneyland.”

Tickets are £5 each and both Laura and Kayleigh are Callum’s godparents. Laura added: “I have never met a little boy like Callum. It’s all for a good cause.”

Laura has known Callum’s parents, Zoe Neesam, 21, and Luke Smith, 23, for years and said: “They are amazing parents.”

Callum’s story gripped Hartlepool when we told last year how he needed a sensory room to help him develop.

We launched the Callum’s Dream appeal in association with town charity Epilepsy Outlook.

Mail readers were asked to raise £5,000 to pay for the room to become reality. They did it and then took the total beyond £12,000.

At one point, Callum was so unwell, his family feared he would not be home at all for Christmas. He needed a blood transfusion when his platelet count dropped to 11 when the norm is above 50.

But he came home just before Christmas to a completed sensory room.

Callum first stole our hearts last year with his battle against a string of conditions.

He has epilepsy, reflux problems, dystonia, hypertonia,problems with swallowing, visual impairment, an inability to hold his airways open, secretion problems and global developmental delay which means he can not hold his head up.

He has spent more than a quarter of his life in hospital but he has never stopped battling. At one point, he spent 12 weeks in intensive care when his lung collapsed. Doctors advised them to have him Christened in case his days were numbered.

The three fundraisers would love to hear from anyone who can support their efforts. Those interested, and anyone wanting to buy tickets, should contact Laura on (07852) 518220.