THE dream has almost become a reality.
The campaign to convert an empty Hartlepool room into a haven of colour and sound for little Callum Smith is fast reaching a conclusion.
And hopes are high that the Callum’s Dream project, run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with town charity Epilepsy Outlook, could be completed by Christmas.
By then we are hoping the sensory room, that 23-month-old Callum needs for conditions including epilepsy, will be filled with fibre optics, lights and sounds.
In the latest boost, a team from Hartlepool company Mark Johnston Flooring yesterday donated and fitted a carpet at the Laird Road home of Callum who also suffers from reflux problems, dystonia, hypertonia, and problems with swallowing.
Callum’s mum, Zoe Neesam, 21, said: “It is all coming together so well and the room looks lovely, especially with the new carpet down. It is painted, plastered and now we have the carpets.
“We have got the donated sensory equipment to go in and we just need to decide on the specialist equipment that we need to put in. We need to sit down and plan that but hopefully it will all be sorted by Christmas.”
Company owner Mark Johnston, whose business is based in Raby Road, in Hartlepool, said: “We try to sponsor charities and I felt that we should do something for this little boy. If we can help to make the room nice for him, and take some of the stress away from the couple so they don’t have to look for a carpet, then that’s great.”
Callum’s Dream was launched in July to raise £5,000 the sensory room for Callum, who is cared for by his mum and dad Luke Smith, 23.
We smashed through that target within a month and topped £10,000 in less than two months.
But it is important that the appeal goes on as Callum’s needs are so numerous.
The latest donation of a carpet is also some welcome cheer for Zoe after Callum suffered a health setback last week.
He needed oxygen during a 90-minute visit to the University Hospital of North Tees when his breathing deteriorated. “He was coughing, he was grey and he was restless,” said Zoe.
But after helping to ease his breathing problems, Callum was allowed home. It was the latest hospital ordeal for the little boy who has spent 26.5 per cent of his life in hospital.
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