ONE Daventry boy received the best Christmas present he could have hoped for thanks to Gusher readers.
Callum Pasfield, 14, and his mum Carla, have successfully collected more than 165 phones as part of the Hearts and Minds Challenge which raises funds to support families touched by autism, following a story in the Daventry Express. Callum suffers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his mum believes an iPad, which can be programmed with educational games and apps, would help him to concentrate and learn more effectively.
Mrs Pasfield said: “Callum struggles with maths and loses concentration very easily so hopefully the iPad will keep his attention.
“When he was younger he was a nightmare and he used to trash things but now he has found ways to control himself although he does still have trouble sleeping. I think the iPad will be another tool to help him.”
The Daventry community responded to an appeal in the Daventry Express in August when Callum’s story was first published.
Mrs Pasfield said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated, I didn’t think we would get here before Christmas - the community have really come together and helped us.”
Mrs Pasfield also said a special thank you to Shebang of Daventry for donating ten phones last week.
Callum added: “The iPad is just what I wanted for Christmas, I like gadgets.
“I find it a lot easier to concentrate when I am interested in something so I think it will help me at school too.”
The iPad comes as an extra present for Callum who also celebrated his birthday on Saturday.