Callum’s Dream: Money piles in to appeal

Jacqui Gettings
Jacqui Gettings

MAIL readers are showing no signs of letting up in their support for our new appeal.

We are now up to £800 for Callum’s Dream – the new appeal to gather in £5,000 so that brave youngster Callum Smith can have a sensory room.

Officials at the charity Epilepsy Outlook, which is the Hartlepool Mail’s campaign partner, say money is coming in continuously for the appeal.

Operations manager Jacqui Gettings said: “We have had more than £220 given to us through our collecting cans alone.

“On top of that, there’s the money which people are taking directly to the bank.”

Callum has epilepsy and numerous other conditions, and we want to pay for the sensory room which will help him to develop.

Callum is just 21-months-old but the youngster has already spent 26 per cent of his short life in hospital.

That includes 12 weeks of intensive care when his lung collapsed earlier this year.

He now needs round-the-clock care from his parents, Hartlepool couple Zoe Neesam, 21, and Luke Smith, 23 ,who are registered as his carers.

They have one wish for their son.

They would love a sensory room filled with the light displays, sounds, projectors and fibre optics to help him smile.

Our appeal called Callum’s Dream aims to make that wish come true by raising the £5,000 needed for the sensory room.

The campaign is in its early days and we want to hear from hundreds of people willing to support the cause. You could either just take donations to Epilepsy Outlook or to the Lloyds TSB branch in York Road.

Or you could get in touch with the Hartlepool Mail as well and we will publicise your fundraising event.

Together, we want to make sure Callum gets this special gift from the people of Hartlepool.

To support Callum’s Dream you can:

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

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

The account details are:

Account name – Epilepsy Outlook Project;

Sort Code – 30-99-47;

Account number – 24594260.