Southside choir sings for Callum’s Causes

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Local community choir Sounds International recently held a concert in Netherlee Church in memory of four-year-old Callum Lally.

The event managed to raise the grand sum of £3000 for Callum’s Causes and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (formerly Yorkhill Children’s Charity).

Little Callum, who lived on the southside, sadly passed away suddenly in February 2013 due to a tragic cardiac arrest. When Callum was born, it was confirmed he had a hole in his heart and, at four months, he underwent open heart surgery, ECMO treatment providing oxygen support to his heart and lungs and various operations, including having a pacemaker fitted because he’d developed an irregular heart rhythm.

But little Callum battled through the various treatments with a smile on his face and his parents were full of hope for the future.

On February 27 2013, Callum unexpectedly collapsed at Netherlee Nursery and was rushed to Yorkhill Hospital. Mum Catriona and dad James arrived at hospital to be told the devastating news that doctors couldn’t revive their son and it was thought his irregular heart rhythm had led to a fatal cardiac arrest.

The cheque from the fundraising concert was presented to Amy Aitken, the charity’s community campaign co-ordinator, at a weekly Tuesday evening rehearsal in Stamperland Church Hall.

Having thanked the choir for their fundraising efforts, Amy requested to become a guest member of the soprano section and sang along with the choir for the rest of the evening.

She told The Extra: “The generous donation of £3,000 raised in support of Callum’s Causes will help us to fund enhanced medical equipment, pioneering research, innovative play programmes and family support services at Scotland’s largest children’s hospital. Thanks to the on-going support and commitment of our fundraisers and volunteers, we were recently able to fund a state-of-the-art 4D cardiac scanner – the first of its kind in the UK.”