Mum of brave Callum Smith nominated for Pride of Hartlepool award

Zoe Neesam
Zoe Neesam

THE caring mum of brave Callum Smith has been nominated for a Pride of Hartlepool award.

Just like her son before her, Zoe Neesam, 21, has been put in the running for the competition.

One Hartlepool Mail reader got in touch to say: “She is a hero because of the way she has cared for her son.

“I know that Zoe is his mum and that she has to be there for him, but her dedication to that little boy is amazing. I know what she is going through and she deserves an award.”

The news of her nomination left Zoe shellshocked.

She said: “Bless her. It is really nice that someone would do something like this. I am amazed at being nominated but I am no hero. I am doing what any parent what do in that situation.”

Two-year-old Callum Smith won the hearts of Mail readers when we told how the little Hartlepool lad had spent a quarter of his life in hospital.

He has already coped with epilepsy, reflux problems, difficulties with swallowing, visual impairment, and an inability to hold his airways open.

And while his mum has been nominated for the Local Hero category of the Pride of Hartlepool competition, Callum is an entrant in the Child of Courage section.

Zoe added: “It is really nice that I have been nominated by someone I don’t even know, but who understands what I am going through.”

Callum’s parents, Zoe and Luke Smith, 23, are both registered as his full-time carers.

He became well known across town when we launched the Callum’s Dream appeal in association with town charity Epilepsy Outlook.

Its aim was to raise £5,000 for Callum to have a sensory room in his home. The appeal was launched last summer and the room was ready by Christmas.

It raised so much money that it soared past the £5,000 total to more than £12,000.

The deadline for the awards has now been extended so that people have until early April to put forward their favourites.

We are calling on our readers to nominate that special person who has done something that you believe deserves recognition.

Fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail, below, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online entry form.