Club’s £1,200 charity effort for Talia

OVERWHELMED: Talia (centre) and sister Gabrielle with (back from left) Tina Lester, Debbie Slimings, dad Brendan, Carol Gardener and gran Joyce Bromley
OVERWHELMED: Talia (centre) and sister Gabrielle with (back from left) Tina Lester, Debbie Slimings, dad Brendan, Carol Gardener and gran Joyce Bromley

A GENEROUS social club raised more than £1,000 for battling Hartlepool youngster Talia Foster.

Members of West Hartlepool Rovers Amateur Quoit Club held a trio of fundraising events over the festive period to raise cash for three-year-old Talia who suffers a daily ordeal of seizures and lots of medication.

The successful fundraising drive raised an impressive £1,210 which will go towards new treatment for Talia in the spring.

Her parents Clair and Brendan hope to take her to a physiotherapy centre in Milton Keynes to help strengthen her muscles.

Clair, 37, also mum to Callum, 16, and Gabrielle, seven, said: “We are really grateful for anything that anyone does.

“We are so overwhelmed at how much was raised and can’t believe how many people volunteered to do something.

“Every penny someone gives is helping Talia.”

On December 23 last year, local band Dry Ice performed at Rovers Amateur Quoit Club and on Christmas Eve supporters were back to take part in a festive quiz.

Members threw themselves behind a third day of fundraising raffles and collections at the club’s new base in Easington Road, Hartlepool, on Boxing Day.

The club raises money for a chosen charity every Christmas and in the past has held sponsored football matches on Boxing Day.

A club spokesman said: “This year we decided to do it for Talia. Her grandmother Joyce is involved in the club.

“It was a good sum raised towards a good charity.

“It is fantastic to support a local child.”

Talia’s delighted family thanked everyone at the club who helped raise the money including Tina and Ian Lester, Alan Robinson, Carol Gardener, Jimmy Willis and Debbie Slimings.

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

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