Holiday delight for tot Callum thanks to Hartlepool Mail readers

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He enjoyed strawberry picking and fascinating walks through tree-lined avenues.

Callum stayed in top-notch accommodation and enjoyed the whole thing so much, he slept like a log every night with a smile on his face - unlike at home where his slumbers are often laboured.

Every penny for the fantastic holiday was raised through the Callum’s Dream appeal which the Mail ran last year in conjunction with the town charity Epilepsy Outlook.

The family, from Laird Road in Hartlepool, went to a five-star specialist venue - the Thomas Centre, in Lincolnshire in Louth - filled with activities and places to visit.

There was an outdoor play area, a four-acre wood, swimming pool, sensory room, gym.

Zoe said: “It was absolutely brilliant. We went swimming every day which Callum loved.

“It was his first time in a swimming pool and he adored it.

“He was kicking his legs and trying to swim.”

The family enjoyed long walks to local villages and restaurant meals.

“It was really relaxing,” said Zoe. “It was lovely to see Callum coming back to the cottage we had, going to sleep and sleeping right through.”

Zoe took 20 DVDs for Callum to watch while he was away. He was so thrilled with his holiday, he only watched three during the entire break. The best part was just seeing him, seeing his face and seeing him enjoy himself. We got lots of smiles and lots of laughs from him. We could not have asked for anything more.”

Callum takes 15 types of medication three times a day for conditions including epilepsy, dystonia and hypertonia and needs to be fed through a tube in his stomach.

More than £1,000 of the money raised from the appeal was spent on the holiday, with every penny catering for Callum’s many needs.

They include a mini bus big enough to take all of his specialist medical equipment, as well as specialist nappies and wipes, a first aid kit, holiday clothes for Callum, and the cost of the stay.

Callum also needs oxygen bottles, bed pads, a sats monitor, feeds, feeding pump, humidifier, sterile water, medicines and syringes.

All this has been made possible thanks to the Callum’s Dream appeal. We asked our readers to raise £5,000 for Callum to have a sensory room at his home. You succeeded and then went on to raise almost three times the initial target.