Time for tea and pastries at Hartlepool event for Callum’s Dream appeal

Jason Cook outside Cooks Corner Cafe in Shurch Square.
Jason Cook outside Cooks Corner Cafe in Shurch Square.
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MACAROONS, peanut butter cookies and eclairs – a mouth-watering menu is in store for customers at an afternoon tea for charity.

Cafe owner Jason Cook is planning three hours of scrumptious food next month to raise money for the Callum’s Dream appeal.

Jason Cook outside Cooks Corner Cafe in Shurch Square.

Jason Cook outside Cooks Corner Cafe in Shurch Square.

It will be a Victorian affair at Cook’s Corner Cafe, in Church Square, Hartlepool. Customers can enjoy bite-sized pastries and cakes, and cups of tea.

The Hartlepool Mail launched the Callum’s Dream appeal, in association with Hartlepool charity Epilepsy Outlook, to raise the £5,000 needed to install a sensory room filled with lights, projectors and fibre optics to change the life of 22-month-old Callum Smith for the better.

Callum has epilepsy and numerous other conditions.

In his short life, he has been in hospital almost as often as at his Laird Road home in Hartlepool.

Jason Cook outside Cooks Corner Cafe in Shurch Square.

Jason Cook outside Cooks Corner Cafe in Shurch Square.

He is cared for by his mum Zoe Neesam, 21, and dad Luke Smith, 23.

But Mail readers have come together to give him great support and the appeal total now stands at around £7,500.

The campaign to support Callum goes on as he has many more requirements and his needs will continue for years to come. Jason is making sure he helps with his own fundraiser.

“It will be really traditional with three-tier cake stands and lots of small cakes,” said Jason who is no stranger to the world of baking for worthy causes.

Jason Cook outside Cooks Corner Cafe in Shurch Square.

Jason Cook outside Cooks Corner Cafe in Shurch Square.

He recently raised more than £250 for Marie Cure nurses and hopes to top £300 in his fundraiser for Callum which lasts from 3pm to 6pm on Sunday, September 1.

Admission is £3 per head and people should pay at the door.

“There will be home-made cakes, biscuits and sandwiches,” added Jason who also hopes to hold raffles and a tombola – as long as sufficient people come forward with prizes to donate.

He added: “I’m doing this because a relative of Callum is a regular in the cafe and always keeps me up to date with how he is doing. I really want to support this cause.”

Jason Cook outside Cooks Corner Cafe in Shurch Square.

Jason Cook outside Cooks Corner Cafe in Shurch Square.

Jason will be spending three days in preparation for the event. “There is all the baking to do,” he said.

Anyone wanting to find out more can contact Jason on (01429) 854108.