In memory of Callum

The staff and pupils at Rossmar school this week unveiled a bench seat  in memory of former pupil Callum Logue. Callum's mum Emma attended the unveiling and is pictured along with school principal Mr Brian McLaughlin, teacher Mrs Nuala McNeill members of staff and pupils from the Buttercup nursery where the bench is situated. INLV1815-185KDR
The staff and pupils at Rossmar school this week unveiled a bench seat in memory of former pupil Callum Logue. Callum's mum Emma attended the unveiling and is pictured along with school principal Mr Brian McLaughlin, teacher Mrs Nuala McNeill members of staff and pupils from the Buttercup nursery where the bench is situated. INLV1815-185KDR

The heartbroken mum of a much loved Limavady boy who died on New Year’s Eve has spoken publicly for the first time to thank people for their amazing support for her “always smiling” son.

Five-year-old Callum Logue – who was registered blind – lost his fight with a rare condition called Septo-Optic Dysplasia, a condition he had fought since he was a toddler.

Always smiling, Callum Logue

Always smiling, Callum Logue

Callum’s brave battle touched people from Donegal, throughout the Roe Valley and around the North Coast with friends, family and strangers raising tens of thousands of pounds needed for treatment overseas.

“We are so grateful for all the support over the years,” said Emma. “There have been so many people who helped and donated, and we want to thank everyone.”

At Rossmar School in Limavady on Wednesday a bench in memory of Callum was unveiled at Buttercup Nursery, which Callum had attended. Situated in the play area, the bench has a simple inscription marking Callum’s time at school, from 2012-2014.

“This is lovely for the school to do this and to remember Callum in this way,” said Emma. “It’s just a lovely idea. The school is so good.”

Rossmar school this week unveiled a bench in memory of former pupil Callum Logue. INLV1815-179KDR

Rossmar school this week unveiled a bench in memory of former pupil Callum Logue. INLV1815-179KDR

The school recently held a coffee morning to raise funds for the bench.

“This wee bench is just lovely, and it’s nice to have it here for us to visit when we want to,” said Emma. “Callum had the best smile in the world and he would have loved this.”

Speaking emotionally about the last four months, Emma said time hasn’t eased the family’s grief.

“I can’t describe it,” she said of the heartache both she and Callum’s dad, Gerard feel.

“It’s just a nightmare every day. You just want to wake up from it, because it gets harder every day,” she said.

Rossmar teacher, Nuala McNeill, said the whole school was affected by Callum’s death, but said he will always be remembered. She hopes the bench will provide some comfort for Emma and Gerard.

“We were all so fond of Callum and, when he died, the whole school felt it,”

she said.