A SPECIAL fundraising day has been held to raise money to allow a Seaton Sluice youngster to undergo a life changing operation.
The Holistic Health and Beauty Therapy Centre in Shankhouse, in the former Post Office opposite the social club, held a special fundraising day to support cerebral palsy sufferer Callum Brown’s wish to go to America for pioneering surgery.
The eight-year-old was diagnosed with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy when he was only 18-months old and ever since he has to really struggle with everyday things because his legs are stiff and painful and he cannot walk on his own.
The proceeds of a full range of beauty and holistic treatments such as waxing, facials, hot stone massage, reflexology over one day amounted to £481 which was donated to Callum’s Wish To Walk, a dedicated charity sponsored by registered umbrella charity Angels of the North to help to meet the cost of Callum’s trip to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri.
The total amount needed to send Callum for the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy is £70,000 and it is expected that the target will be reached to enable him to go to America early next year, when he has recovered from two recent painful hip operations.
Donna and Steven Wicks of The Holistic Health and Beauty Therapy Centre were so moved when they read about Callum that they spent several weeks planning and organising the fully-booked sessions which lasted from 2pm to 9pm.
Donna said: “I believe that, if one put one’s mind to it, anything can be achieved, which is why I was so impressed by Callum’s family’s determination, and wanted to help.”
Callum’s mum Sharon said: “I never cease to be amazed by the number of good people in the area who have been so moved by Callum’s story that they have worked hard to help with the daunting task of raising £70,000 to send Callum to America.”
Angels of the North honorary chief executive officer, Barbara Connors-Fowler, said: “I am moved every week when I witness so many people working so hard to raise the enormous sum needed to send Callum to America.
“As I attend presentation after presentation, I am filled with emotion when I see so many people putting so much effort in to helping Callum.”