Tea-mendous effort by duo

Fundraisers Margaret Currell(centre) and Debbie Metcalfe with Zoe Neesam.
Fundraisers Margaret Currell(centre) and Debbie Metcalfe with Zoe Neesam.
Have your say

TWO school workers have served up a tasty boost for the Callum’s Dream appeal.

Margaret Currell, 64, and Debbie Metcalfe, 46, held an afternoon tea complete with muffins and cakes at Throston Primary School in Hartlepool.

Thanks to them, an extra £245.50 has gone to the appeal which was first set up in the summer to raise £5,000 so that Hartlepool youngster Callum Smith, aged two, could have a sensory room at his Laird Road home in Hartlepool.

Since then, the total has rocketed to well over £12,000 with money still rolling in.

Margaret, a cleaning supervisor at the school and who is Callum’s great aunt, said: “We just felt we had to do something for the appeal.”

She said Debbie, who is a cook at the school, did cream teas and muffins. Margaret, meanwhile, organised a tombola and a wine raffle.

The event was held at Throston Primary in the middle of an afternoon so that parents could join in before they collected their children.

The Hartlepool Mail launched the Callum’s Dream appeal in association with town charity Epilepsy Outlook to give Callum the room he needs.

Callum who has gripped Hartlepool with his bravery in the face of a string of health conditions.

He has spent more than a quarter of his life in hospital and has only recently returned home after a five-week stay at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Doctors believe Callum’s health fight was caused by his inability to shake off a virus.

After a five week fight, which was mostly spent on a life support machine, Callum began to pull round and his recovery ever since has been amazing, said his proud mum Zoe Neesam, 21.

Now that he is home, his family are hoping the sensory room to help his development can be completed and hopefully be ready in time for Christmas.

In the meantime, the campaign to raise more money goes on as Callum’s needs are ongoing.