A CELEBRATION of the life of Callum Grimes, who died seven months after he was hit by a car, will take place in his home town of Rush this weekend.
His family is hosting the King Cal Jam at The Strand bar on February 24 – the weekend he would have turned 29 – to raise funds for Beaumont Hospital and Organ Donation Ireland.
Cal, a chef by trade, was a talented rapper and DJ and there will be performances by acts he played with on the night as well as volunteers being waxed to raise money for the charities.
His proud parents, Mark and Catherine, have revealed that his organs were donated to five people and they want others to join them in a celebration of the lives their brave son saved.
Cal was hit by a car in the early hours of December 27, 2016 as he walked home from a night out.
After 200 days in Beaumont Hospital and 15 operations, his parents had to face the prospect that their only son would not survive his injuries.
His dad Mark revealed: “He was out for a few drinks and he was asked to work the next morning, so he left early.
“He couldn’t get a taxi, he was walking home from Skerries and he was literally yards from the path up to the house when he was hit.”
Callum suffered severe head injuries and within hours he had undergone an operation, the first of many.
Mark said: “Before the last operation I didn’t want anyone else in his room beforehand, it was just me and Catherine.
“He had to get another operation because his brain had started to swell again; it was one of the few times that we walked down to the theatre with him.
“Catherine told him that he could go to sleep, that he had done enough.”
Callum survived the surgery but he suffered a cardiac arrest during recovery and passed away.
This weekend’s fundraiser is billed as a celebration of Cal. It starts at 7pm and tickets cost €10.
To donate to the Beaumont fund, visit www.beaumontfundraising.ie/donate/in-memory and request to donate in memory of Callum Grimes.