School and pupils on song for Talia

Alyson Robinson, from the Northern School of Music holds a framed certificate of thanks from Talia Foster (front) with Sacred Heart Primary school pupils (left to right) Georgina Holmes-Wise, Talia Doyle and Talia's sister Gabrielle Foster
Alyson Robinson, from the Northern School of Music holds a framed certificate of thanks from Talia Foster (front) with Sacred Heart Primary school pupils (left to right) Georgina Holmes-Wise, Talia Doyle and Talia's sister Gabrielle Foster
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KIND-HEARTED schoolchildren hit all the right notes to raise money for a battling youngster.

Children from Sacred Heart Primary School choir, along with members of the Northern School of Music, put on a concert which raised £1,083 for brave Talia Foster.

The event was held at the Owton Manor Social Club, in the town’s Wynyard Road, and featured 60 children, including Talia’s seven-year-old sister Gabrielle.

Around 350 people went along to enjoy the youngsters’ music and raise vital funds for Talia at the same time.

The event was organised by Alyson Robinson, who is a music teacher at Sacred Heart Primary, in Hart Lane, Hartlepool, and principal at the Northern School of Music, based in Church Square.

Mrs Robinson said: “Talia’s sister attends Sacred Heart and is in one of the classes I teach, and the choir wanted to do something to help.

“The Northern School of Music provided a rock school and the band and the choir sang with the band.

“It was an evening of live music and really good fun.

“Talia is such a brave little girl who has gone through so much and we all wanted to help.”

Mrs Robinson said she hoped to make the concert an annual event. “It was such a great success - we had a lot of positive comments about the night,” she added.

Mrs Robinson thanked all the Northern School of Music staff for giving up their time to help organise the concert.

Talia, three, suffers a daily ordeal of seizures and cannot sit, walk or talk unaided.

The youngster started nursery at Springwell Primary School, in Wiltshire Way, and Grange Primary School, in Owton Manor Lane, last month.

She is due to go for her first round of therapy at a specialist centre in Milton Keynes next week.

Her doting mum, Clair, 37, who lives in Owton Manor with her husband Brendan, 35, and is also mum to 16-year-old Callum, attended the event with Talia.

She said: “It was absolutely fantastic and Talia absolutely loved it.

“The kids were brilliant and some of them are really good singers.

“We were really grateful and Gabrielle goes to that school so it was nice that her sister was involved.”

She said the money will help towards an extension for Talia’s bedroom and sensory equipment.

Clair presented the children with a certificate which the family give to people who have donated to Talia.

Generous residents in the town have now raised more than £32,000 for the youngster to help fund treatment and specialist equipment.