Callum’s party to remember

Blackpool FC fanatic Callum Pollock, who has defied medical expectations throughout his life, celebrated his 16th birthday with a surprise party at the club.'Callum, mum Carla (third right) and family arrive by stretch limo.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'24-8-2012

Blackpool FC fanatic Callum Pollock, who has defied medical expectations throughout his life, celebrated his 16th birthday with a surprise party at the club.'Callum, mum Carla (third right) and family arrive by stretch limo. PIC BY ROB LOCK'24-8-2012

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FORGET My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding... it was all about a Big Fat Gypsy Birthday for this Blackpool teenager.

Callum Pollock was treated to a 16th birthday party with all the trimmings at Blackpool Football Club on Friday night.

His mum had always promised she would throw him an extra special party for his 16th birthday.

Carla Pollock, of Malvern Avenue, South Shore, had been told that her son may not make it to the milestone birthday due to the rare terminal condition he suffers, Hurlers Syndrome.

But determined Callum has defied doctor’s predictions and partied in style to prove it.

More than 250 friends and family turned out for the surprise party, joining in with the Gypsy wedding and prom night theme, complete with a five-tier tangerine cake and chocolate fountain.

Carla said: “It was amazing, exactly what we wanted. Callum was very overwhelmed but he had a fantastic night.”

Callum, whose birthday was on August 21, was joined at the party by close friends including some who had travelled down from Scotland to surprise him.

Carla added: “He didn’t have a clue about the party, he thought he was having a much smaller do.

“His face was a picture seeing everyone there.”

The event was organised by Magic Moments, through Brian House where Callum receives care.

Party organiser Keri Ward said it was a pleasure to throw the party for the Highfurlong pupil and his family.

She said: “It was a fantastic night, it will be very memorable for him. Callum just broke down. It’s good that we can give these magic moments.”

Though Callum’s favourite football players were unable to attend the do, needing an early night before the weekend match, the team recorded him a special birthday message.

And what better birthday present for a Blackpool fan than Saturday’s 6-0 win?

The family are now preparing to travel to the Paralympics this week to see the Boccia, a sport which Callum plays.

The tickets were just one of many presents, along with a special DVD documenting his life so far, from sister Chantelle, 22, who has been a bone marrow donor for her brother.

Carla added: “He did so well. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.”