Walking for brave Callum

Michael Smith with a sponsor form
Michael Smith with a sponsor form
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DOZENS of walkers will don their boots and walk across Hartlepool in a charity challenge for brave Callum Smith.

There’s just no letting up in the momentum to support the 23-month-old boy who has touched the hearts of Mail readers over recent months.

Michael Smith with a sponsor form

Michael Smith with a sponsor form

The latest fundraising event will be a charity walk on Tuesday, September 22. It will be led by Callum’s granddad Michael Smith, 50, and he has already attracted plenty of support.

Michael and around 25 others will set off at noon from the Town Wall before heading towards Sea View Terrace, Lancaster Road and onwards to Seaton Carew seafront.

It’s a seven-mile route and Michael said: “At the moment, there are about 25 to 30 people planning to do it. We are handing sponsor forms out and we would love to hear from anyone who wants to take part.”

Michael works as an engineer for the Stagecoach bus company and is married to Jacqueline, also 50, and a cook at Jesmond Road Primary School.

Michael Smith with a sponsor form

Michael Smith with a sponsor form

They are parents to Luke Smith, 23, who is Callum’s dad and 18-year-old Carla.

Michael added: “As far as we are concerned, the more people that join in with the walk the merrier.”

To find out more, contact Michael on 07949 457763.

The Hartlepool Mail and town charity Epilepsy Outlook jointly launched a campaign in July to raise £5,000 for Callum so that he could have a sensory room in his Laird Road home, where he is cared for by his mum and dad Zoe Neesam, 21, and Luke Smith, 23.

(left to right) Luke, Callum and Carla Smith, Zoe Neesam and Michael Smith

(left to right) Luke, Callum and Carla Smith, Zoe Neesam and Michael Smith

We smashed through that target within a month and topped £10,000 in less than two months.

But Callum’s needs are ongoing and we need people to keep on backing the little boy who has spent 171 days in hospital. That’s 26.5 per cent of his life.

He has a string of conditions including epilepsy, reflux problems, dystonia, hypertonia, and problems with swallowing.

To support Callum:

(left to right) Luke, Callum and Carla Smith, Zoe Neesam and Michael Smith

(left to right) Luke, Callum and Carla Smith, Zoe Neesam and Michael Smith

l Take donations to the Epilepsy Outlook charity shops at 199 York Road and 104 Oxford Road, both in Hartlepool.

l Pay straight into the Lloyds TSB branch, in York Road.

The bank details are:

Account Name – Epilepsy Outlook Project.

Sort Code – 30-99-47.

Account number – 24594260.