5,000 steps forward for Talia

Fundraisers take part in the sponsored walk for Talia.

Fundraisers take part in the sponsored walk for Talia.

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THE parents of brave youngster Talia Foster have hailed the generosity of people in Hartlepool after a “fantastic” weekend where £5,000 was raised.

Hundreds turned out in the sun at Seaton Carew Cricket Club on Sunday and enjoyed a funday jam-packed with activities. The kind-hearted fundraisers also took part in a sponsored walk from the cricket club to Newburn Bridge and back.

Clair and Brendan Foster with Talia

Clair and Brendan Foster with Talia

The event kicked off 24 hours after a group of walkers reached Hartlepool after a 140-mile trek over six days.

As reported in the Mail, Talia’s granddad, George Bromley, was joined by four friends as they completed their gruelling fundraising effort from Edinburgh to Hartlepool. The trekkers have raised about £4,000 and another £1,000 was gathered at the funday.

Talia, two, faces a daily ordeal of multiple seizures and physiotherapy and needs eight types of medication. Money is being raised to send the youngster to Oxfordshire for treatment, which costs £1,800 a time.

Talia’s parents, Clair, 36, and Brendan, 35, from Owton Manor, Hartlepool, said they are grateful for the kind efforts.

Clair said: “It was a fantastic weekend. The funday on Sunday was such a successful day.

“There were hundreds of people there. I was leading the walk and when I got to the bridge I was gobsmacked as to how many people were behind me. I can’t thank people enough.” Clair and Brendan were treated to hospitality with the Edinburgh-Hartlepool walkers at Victoria Park on Saturday as they watched Hartlepool United beat Yeovil Town 3-1.

George, 53, who lives in Potter Walk, Hartlepool with wife, Joyce, added: “To raise as much as we did is absolutely fantastic.

“I would like to say a big thanks to Stephen Murray, who donated money to help us with fuel, and Henry Morgan, of SBS Building Services, who donated £1,000 for our accommodation and meals.”

People can support the fundraising drive for Talia at an auction at West Hartlepool Rovers Amateur Quoit Club on Friday, April 29, from 7pm.

Tickets, priced at £3, including pie and peas, can be bought by calling Clair and Brendan on (01429) 861687.