Primary school helps Team Callum

A Limavady mum whose son has an incurable muscle wasting condition has stepped up her campaign to raise funds and awareness about the disease.

Since Laura Smith’s son Callum McCorriston was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the Roe Valley woman, her partner Paul and their family and friends have tirelessly campaigned to raise money for the the Muscular Dystrophy campaign and the Duchenne Breakthrough Fund. Fundraising to date has amounted to approximately £14,000.

“It just shows you the kindness of family, friends and total strangers,” said Laura.

The family have launched ‘Team Callum’. Funds will still go towards the Muscular Dystrophy campaign, but Laura said: “It’s more personal for us.”

‘Team Callum’ received its first cheque from Callum’s school, Termoncanice PS, which held two fundraisers at Halloween and Christmas.

“We are absolutely delighted and so, so grateful that the school chose to support the campaign,” said Laura.

The family hope a breakthrough drug, Translarna will become available on NHS prescription and have signed a petition making that plea.

“Our mission as parents is ultimately to raise money so the researchers and scientists can work to find a cure for Duchenne,” said Laura.

To donate go to or follow Laura on Twitter at @_laurasmith46