A BRAVE youngster was living the dream at the weekend after being chosen as a mascot for his favourite team.
Cerebral palsy sufferer Callum Brown, of Seaton Sluice, took on the role of mascot for Newcastle United’s home game against Stoke City on Saturday.
The role was a treat for the seven-year-old following a hip operation earlier this year.
His mum Sharon said: “It was a great day on Saturday because he could just enjoy himself.
“He loves Newcastle United, and it’s his dream to become a goalkeeper, so he was over the moon.
“It was brilliant, and Callum had such a good day as mascot. He really enjoyed himself. He got a great framed picture and he met all the players, but, best of all, they won 3-0, so he had a great day.”
This was Callum’s second meeting with his Magpies heroes in a matter of months as he was also paid a visit in hospital by James Perch and Davide Santon.
Callum and his parents Sharon and Neil, are raising £50,000 to pay for a life-changing operation for the youngster in St Louis in the US.
With the help of the Angels of the North trust fund, they are raising money so Callum can have a selective dorsal rhizotomy.
So far they have raised more than £31,000, putting them well over halfway towards their target.
And at the weekend, a kind-hearted woman from the family’s home village helped boost the fund’s coffers by an extra £850.
Ruth Doyle celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday with a party at Seaton Sluice Club and asked guests to make a donation to the family rather than giving her presents.
She said: “I am 80 years old. I have everything I need and everything I want, and I don’t want any presents, so I requested that people make donations to Callum to get the bairn right.
“My days are nearly over, but his are just beginning, so I want to be able to help him get his legs sorted.”
The fundraising is set to continue with a sportsmen’s dinner attended by former footballers Malcolm Macdonald, Bernie Slaven and Micky Horswill on Saturday, June 2, and a charity golf day at Tynemouth Golf Club on Friday, May 11. The team entry fee for four is £200.
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