WATCH: Brave boy’s mum opens new epilepsy centre

THE proud mum of a brave little boy helped to open the new premises of a Hartlepool charity.

Zoe Neesam, 22, the mum of three-year-old Callum Smith, was the guest of honour as Epilepsy Outlook officially unveiled its advice centre.

DOORS OPEN: Jacqui Gettings (right) of Epilepsy Outlook and Zoe Neesam cut the ribbon to officially open the new information centre in Park Road

DOORS OPEN: Jacqui Gettings (right) of Epilepsy Outlook and Zoe Neesam cut the ribbon to officially open the new information centre in Park Road

The registered charity was previously based in York Road, where one of its shops continue to operate.

But the charity which helps hundreds of people with epilepsy has moved its home to The Arches, in Park Road in Hartlepool. The ceremony marked the launch of Epilepsy Outlook’s new advice centre and, a day later, the shop was revealed at the same premises. That means the charity now has three charity shops as it already has existing outlets in York Road and Oxford Road.

Operations manager Jacqui Gettings said part of the reason for the expansion was the Callum’s Dream appeal, which was launched last year and saw the charity team up with the Hartlepool Mail to help Hartlepool youngster Callum who has a string of conditions, including epilepsy.

We asked our readers to help raise £5,000 so Callum could have a sensory room at his home in Laird Road, Hartlepool. You succeeded and then went on to raise almost three times the initial target.