A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy honoured for helping to care for his seriously ill mother is to have an award named after him.
Callum Hart provides vital support to his mother, Debbie White, 32, who has been battling a brain tumour for the last four years.
His efforts were recognised last weekend by charity Brain Tumour (BT) Buddies, which named him its inaugural Inspirational Young Person of the Year.
The charity, which offers support to anyone hit by a high-grade brain tumour, has decided to name the award after Callum and make it an annual prize.
The remarkable youngster from Eliburn wasn’t even two years old when his mum was first diagnosed with the tumour. However, he has taken her condition in his stride, helping out wherever he can, particularly during seizures, which tend to occur every four to six weeks.
Callum’s grandmother, Linda White, who lives in Carmondean, said: “He’s my little cherub, that’s what he tells everybody. What he has done for his mum throughout his young life – he has been a little star.
“He’s the first one to ever get this from BT Buddies and now they’re calling it after his name, so we’re even more chuffed and proud. It’s fantastic, I can’t thank the charity enough – they’ve made my dream come true by Callum getting this award. I was tickled pink.”
The 52-year-old catering assistant added: “Debbie was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June or July 2007 and Callum turned two in the August. He’s been brought up with it – it’s just part of his life.
“When Debbie has a seizure, Callum gives me a phone from his mobile and says, ‘Nanny, that’s my mum having a seizure – you have to come down’. He’s so calm and collected when he says it.
“He gets one of his cuddly toys and gives it to her – it’s him trying to help her get better. He gives her kisses and cuddles too. It’s heartbreaking to watch.”
Mrs White organised a surprise fun day at The Saltire in Livingston for her grandson last Saturday, at which he was presented with his star-shaped trophy by the founder of the charity, Natalya Jagger, as well as a framed certificate and a signed picture of Jedward. She said: “Callum doesn’t appear to have any kind of pressure or weight on his shoulders at all – he’s just a very happy little boy who has to deal with quite a lot.”
There was also face painting, jewellery-making and a bouncy castle to keep the children entertained, with more than 100 family and friends attending. The event raised more than £2400 for BT Buddies through donations and a raffle.
Mrs White said: “The kids all had a ball – I had to explain to Callum it was his day.
“He got presented with his award – he was thrilled to bits.”
The Peel Primary pupil has also been entered in the Pride of Britain Awards.
Mrs White, who cares for her daughter along with Debbie’s partner Steven, added: “We’re all so proud of him for everything that he does. He’s a marvel.”