Last fundraising bid ahead of Northumberland youngster’s operation

Sharon and Callum Brown'Picture by Jane Coltman
Sharon and Callum Brown'Picture by Jane Coltman

A brave youngster is preparing to return to America next month for a vital operation – if his family can raise enough funds.

Family and friends of Callum Brown have begun raising funds for the 11-year-old to fly over to America again for an operation to help him walk.

We are about £2,500 short at the moment, and we are just doing everything we can to get the money before we leave

Sharon Brown

In 2013 the community helped raise £75,000 to send ten-year-old Callum Brown, from Seaton Sluice, to America for life changing surgery.

Callum, who suffers from cerebral palsy, travelled to St Louis Children’s Hospital for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery in the hope he would be able to walk independently for the first time.

The operation was a success, but as Callum grows he now faces another operation to lengthen his heel cords, which will prevent him from going back to his wheelchair.

Callum’s mum Sharon said: “This new operation to lengthen his heel cords, will mean that Callum can walk without pain and blisters.

“It will stop him hopefully having to have bone surgery on his feet in later life.

“He has made amazing progress but as he is growing ahe is getting lots of problems with his feet which are causing him pain.”

The family has now booked the surgery for the end of August, and they are now calling on anyone who can help raise the remainder of the money they need in time.

“We are about £2,500 short at the moment, and we are just doing everything we can to get the money before we leave,” added Sharon.

“People have been really generous in helping us to raise money for Callum so far, and we’re so close to getting where he needs to be.

“The reality is that he will go back into his wheelchair if we don’t go back to get his heel cords lengthened, so we have no choice but to somehow raise the rest of the money.”

The operation will make Callum’s feet flat in the floor and stop all the pain and blistering.

The family iscurrently raising £10,000 for the operation itself and further funds to pay for return flights to America.

Sharon added: “We have had another good weekend of collecting over two days at Blyth Town Fair where we made £380 on the tombola, so we are working hard to get the rest of the money together.”

She is now urging anyone who can help reach their total to get in touch,

To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/callumsfootprints