Shoppers show support for brave Talia

Talia Foster.
Talia Foster.

GENEROUS shoppers are showing their support for brave Talia Foster.

Bosses at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, decided that all of the money raised from their festive display will go towards the battling youngster.

Talia courageously fights against a daily ordeal of seizures and takes eight different types of medication to treat a number of conditions.

The Christmas centre-piece in the shopping centre has only been up for two weeks, but has already raised an impressive £160.

Talia’s delighted family have thanked the shopping centre for their support, which comes as bosses also announced any money raised in the next 12 months from events will also go towards Talia.

Mark Rycraft, manager of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, said: “I read about Talia’s story so I spoke to her family and told them of our plans to support the youngster.

“They were absolutely delighted and we are extremely pleased to be helping out.

“To have raised £160 already is fantastic.

“Once again it just shows how generous people in Hartlepool are.”

Due to the new BHS store in the centre originally expected to be open by Christmas, Santa’s grotto had to be moved into a unit on the first floor of the centre due to an obligation to keep the shop front clear.

But not wanting the area to go without any festive decoration, centre bosses set up the Christmas display.

Talia’s mum, Clair, 37, said the family are extremely grateful to the shopping centre and shoppers for their fantastic support.

Clair, who is married to Brendan, 35, and is also a mum of Callum, 16, and Gabrielle, seven, said: “We are absolutely over the moon.

“For the centre to adopt Talia’s cause and support us for the next 12 months as well is absolutely fantastic. It is going to be such a huge help.”

Generous residents in Hartlepool have raised a staggering £34,000 to support Talia.

That money goes towards funding physiotherapy, trips around the country for treatment and specialist equipment in the family home.