Headteacher’s pride

Pictured (left to right) are Springwell School chairman of Governors Liz Barraclough, Rachel Snowdon and son Beau, deputy headteacher Sue Palmer and Clare Foster pictured with daughter Talia.
Pictured (left to right) are Springwell School chairman of Governors Liz Barraclough, Rachel Snowdon and son Beau, deputy headteacher Sue Palmer and Clare Foster pictured with daughter Talia.
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A PRIMARY school headteacher has described his “huge pride” at seeing pupils, parents and staff nominated for the recent Pride of Hartlepool awards.

Springwell Primary School headteacher Karl Telfer was in the audience at the fantastic event and saw Talia Foster and Beau Snowdon, both pupils at Springwell and both named as Child of Courage for their incredible bravery.

But Mr Telfer was also extremely proud to see selfless Pam and Tony Mandry, who have dedicated their lives to caring for their grandson Joshua, and were nominated for the Local Hero award.

And, in another link to the school, Springwell’s Chair of Governors Liz Baraclough was a member of choir Mum’s the Word, who performed in the reception area before the event got underway and were also nominees in the Performer of the Year category.

Mr Telfer said: “I wanted to go along to the awards because I was aware that both Talia and Beau had been nominated.

“What I didn’t know beforehand was that our parents and also our Chair of Governors had also been nominated.

“I just felt such incredibly huge pride that Springwell had such a representation at the awards.

“Talia and Beau are both extremely brave and inspirational young children.

“But as well as that incredible bravery, the awards also showed the sheer commitment that parents, grandparents and carers in this area show and the amount of inspirational people.

“And that isn’t just in our school, that is all over the town.”

Talia and Beau joined Emily Crosby and Adam Butterfield in being named as a Child of Courage.

Four-year-old Talia has battled epilepsy, brain cysts, respiratory problems and various other ailments in her short life and at one point was suffering hundreds of seizures every single day.

Beau suffers with the rare genetic disorder Kabuki Syndrome which affects just one in 100,000 people and causes physical and mental delays.

Despite being just six years old, he has already had three operations, feeding difficulties, curvature of the spine and suffers with autism and a sleeping disorder.