Talia fun day a huge success

BATTLING youngster Talia Foster joined scores of youngsters and adults as they enjoyed a funday.

Talia’s parents and other family members organised the event at the Raglan Quoit and Social Club, in Stuart Street, Hartlepool, as a thank you to the generous people in the town who have supported the youngster.

Courageous Talia, who was recently honoured in the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards, is unable to sit or walk unaided due to her illness and faces multiple seizures every day.

Her mum and dad, Clair and Brendan, have been on a fundraising drive to raise as much money as possible for Talia’s physiotheraphy treatment in Oxfordshire which starts next week.

And they paid tribute to the fantastic support of people in the town at the packed event.

Clair, 36, who lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, said: “It was a really good day.

“It was so good to see so many people turn up and a lot of them stayed right until the end at 6pm.

“There was so much going on, face-painting, discos, competitions and games, a bouncy castle.

“Talia really enjoyed herself as well, although she did manage to have a sleep during the disco.

“For us it was just a chance to say thank you to the people who have been so supportive over the last month.

“We could never have imagined how brilliant people have been, we can’t thank them enough.”

After the successful event on Monday, Talia’s family were also given some good news yesterday.

They took Talia to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, to see her ear, nose and throat specialist and were told that everything was absolutely fine.

The family are now preparing for the trip to the Footsteps Rehabilitation Centre, in Oxford.

Around £8,000 has been raised in just a month to help fund the trip and the physiotherapy treatment.

Clair added: “We are looking forward to going to Oxford now.

“Obviously this is what the fundraising has been about.

“Talia has been doing very well recently and hopefully we will get more good news next week.”