Santa brings a new home for Hartlepool hero

Zoe Neesam and Luke Smith with their son Callum Smith
Zoe Neesam and Luke Smith with their son Callum Smith

HARTLEPOOL’S special little hero Callum Smith got to spend Christmas in a home which is all changed.

A lift, a house extension, wet rooms, hoists and a new-look sensory room are all either planned or already in place in the home of Callum who won the hearts of Mail readers during the 2013 Callum’s Dream appeal.

All the installations are happening because Callum, who is now a growing little boy, needs to get more easily get round his home in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool.

Most of the work is going to happen in the next few weeks, but the lift is already in place and proud mum Zoe Neesam, 22, said: “Callum went in it for the first time and he loved it. He was all smiles.”

She explained more about the work which has been done in the home where Callum, Zoe and Callum’s dad Luke Smith, 24, all live.

“There is a new living room and a lift going to the bedroom. The bathroom is bigger and has a wet room. Hoists have been put up for Callum in to three rooms.

“The old living room will be Callum’s new sensory room.”

Callum’s Dream appeal was launched in the summer of 2013 by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with town charity Epilepsy Outlook. We asked our readers to help raise £5,000 so Callum could have a sensory room at his home.

You succeeded and then went on to raise almost three times the initial target.

The appeal reached a fantastic £14,000 and now Callum is developing well.

It’s an astonishing turnaround for the little boy who previously spent nine months in hospital.

The courageous three-year-old takes 15 types of medication three times a day for a string of serious conditions including epilepsy, dystonia and hypertonia and needs to be fed through a tube in his stomach.

But his mum Zoe said: “He is doing fabulously now. He is doing really well now.”

The family had to spend around three weeks away from their home while alterations took place.

But they are now back and Callum got to mark his return with a visit from a very special person - Santa Claus himself.

And Zoe told the Mail: “Callum got lots of presents for Christmas this year. He was spoiled rotten.”