YOUNGSTER Callum Brown has taken a big step forward in his bid to walk on his own two feet.
Sharon and Neil Brown are trying to raise £50,000 so their son Callum, a cerebral palsy sufferer, can undergo pioneering surgery in the US.
The Seaton Sluice family have now raised more than £17,500 towards the cost of the operation, called a selective dorsal rhizotomy, at a children’s hospital in St Louis in Missouri.
They hope the op will enable the seven-year-old to take his first steps unaided. The youngster is set to undergo further surgery on his hips next month.
Speaking from their Derwent Road home, mum Sharon said: “On Valentine’s Day this year, Callum will be in hospital having an operation on his hips to put the ball joint back in the socket as his cerebral palsy has been pulling both out.
“Life can be difficult at times, but with the support and fundraising and people’s kindness, we could change his life.
“We are now at 35 per cent of our target, with just another 65 per cent to find, and I am sure we will do it.
“Bag packs at Iceland in Whitley Bay over the weekend raised more than £400, and a further £348 was raised by a charity flyer at Gala Bingo, so we are slowly but surely getting there.”
A cheque for £3,572 was handed over to Callum and his family this week after a charity auction was held at Seaton Sluice Social Club, organised by the village’s Millway Garage and hosted by football legend Malcolm Macdonald.
This week, Blagdon Amateur Thespian Society is presenting Jack and the Beanstalk at Cramlington Village Community Centre until Saturday, with all proceeds going to Callum’s appeal.
Visit www.callumswishtowalk.org.uk for more information about the charity.