YOUNG Callum Lucas and his family are throwing their support behind a health awareness week.
The 14-year-old, who lives in Havant with his parents Steve and Michelle and has a gastrointestinal condition, has been receiving artificial nutrition through a feeding tube since the age of five.
He and his brother Joshua both have specialised feeding tubes which allow them to be more mobile and active than many other forms of artificial nutrition allow.
The charity, Patients on Intravenous and Naso-gastric Nutrition Therapy (PINNT), has been helping his family and this week is hoping to raise awareness about artificial nutrition.
It aims to create consistent levels of care in all hospitals and ensure health care professionals work in partnership with patients and carers who understand the challenges faced when feeding via a tube at home.
Callum’s mum Michelle Lucas said: ‘We entered a whole new world when we started out with artificial nutrition, and we felt isolated.
‘Since joining PINNT we have felt we had somewhere to turn to if we had a problem with the boys.’
Carolyn Wheatley, chairwoman of PINNT, added: ‘We want to see a consistent positive patient journey for all without politics or wranglings in relation to cost or accessibility.’