Walking on sunshine for Callum’s Dream appeal in Hartlepool

Walkers put their best foot forward to raise funds for the Hartlepool Mail backed Callum's Dream campaign when they walked from the Headland to Seaton Carew, via the Marina. Pictured with Callum, who is in his pushchair in the centre of the pictures are his parents Zoe and Luke and grandparents Jackie and Michael Smith.
Walkers put their best foot forward to raise funds for the Hartlepool Mail backed Callum's Dream campaign when they walked from the Headland to Seaton Carew, via the Marina. Pictured with Callum, who is in his pushchair in the centre of the pictures are his parents Zoe and Luke and grandparents Jackie and Michael Smith.

KIND-HEARTED walkers put their best foot forward to help a disabled Hartlepool youngster at the weekend.

A total of 40 walkers, aged from toddlers to pensioners, completed the seven-mile walk which looks set to have raised around £1,000 for 23-month-old Callum Smith.

It was organised by Callum’s caring granddad Michael Smith, 50, and will add to the more than £10,000 raised so far for the Mail-backed Callum’s Dream appeal.

Callum has a string of conditions including epilepsy, reflux problems, dystonia, hypertonia and problems with swallowing.

But they did not stop him joining in yesterday’s walk from the Headland to Seaton Carew with the aid of his loving family and friends.

They were blessed with the weather as the sun shone and temperatures topped 20 degrees.

Granddad Michael, a Stagecoach bus company engineer, said: “Everybody else has been raising money for Callum and we thought we had to do something ourselves.

“It had to be not too strenuous for children and people with pushchairs.

“There were 40 of us in all which I’m pleased about as I was only expecting about 15 to 20 originally.

“It was great, the weather was nice and it was good fun. We hope to have raised quite a bit of money as far as we know.

“It should be in the region of £700 to £1,000 and there is still sponsor money yet to come in.

“We had people of all ages doing it, even Callum’s great-grandma.”

Margaret Neesam was the oldest participant at 76 and had to complete part of the route in her wheelchair.

The route took in the Town Wall at the Headland before heading through town to Hartlepool Marina and then along the promenade to Seaton Carew clock tower.

The Hartlepool Mail launched the Callum’s Dream appeal, in association with Hartlepool charity Epilepsy Outlook, to raise the £5,000 needed to install a sensory room at home for Callum.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of readers we smashed that target within a month and the fund went on to top £10,000 in less than two months.

All extra money raised will go to help Callum’s challenging needs and make life as comfortable as possible for him.

In his short life, he has been in hospital almost as often as at his Laird Road home in Hartlepool where he is cared for by his mum Zoe Neesam, 21, and dad Luke Smith, 23.

l To support Callum’s Dream you can:

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

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.