CARE home workers plan to make a splash for a two-year-old girl battling a host of health problems when they take a dip in the freezing sea on Valentine’s Day.
Four colleagues from Warrior Park care home, in Seaton Carew, have volunteered to run into the North Sea to help brave Hartlepool toddler Talia Foster receive specialist treatment.
As reported in Monday’s Mail. Talia, who has epilepsy and other serious conditions, faces a daily battle of multiple seizures, physiotherapy and needs eight different kinds of medication a day to keep her alive.
Her parents Clair, 36, and Brendan Foster, 35, are raising money to send Talia to a specialist centre in Oxfordshire for treatment.
That would cost £1,800 per treatment if Talia is suitable to be treated at Footsteps rehabilitation centre.
Monday’s dippers are Michael Allen, Dominique Muir, Laura Tomkins and Rebecca Readman who all work at Warrior Park in Queen Street, Seaton Carew.
They pledged their support after being touched by Talia’s struggle.
Care assistant Michael, 26, said: “We normally raise money for Macmillan Nurses but this year thought we should really do it for something different.
“We heard about Talia from Sue Browning who works in the kitchen here and thought it would was a nice cause.”
So far, they have secured around £100 in sponsorship and a form with Talia’s picture is pinned to the main door at Warrior Park. A share of the proceeds will also go to the home’s residents’ fund.
Clair, of Owton Manor, Hartlepool, said: “What they are doing is lovely. It means absolutely everything as every penny that somebody gives is a penny to help improve Talia’s quality of life.
“I’m so grateful. It just proves how many good people there is out there.”
As well as having severe learning problems Talia cannot sit or walk unaided.
She also a reduction in her white brain matter which affects its growth.
But despite that, Clair said Talia has shown signs of development which has baffled her doctors.
A number of other charity events have also been arranged by friends and family including a charity night at Seaton Cricket Club on February 26.
An auction evening with disco and raffle will be held at Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club on March 25 and a sponsored walk from Seaton Cricket Club to Newburn Bridge and back on April 10.