A BATTLING youngster is one of three worthy causes to have benefited from a total of £7,750 from generous bosses at an offshore firm.
Hartlepool two-year-old Talia Foster has received a £3,750 donation from town firm Heerema, through a company scheme which sees money raised when safety targets are met.
The Denise Taylor Cancer Trust, founded by town woman Denise Taylor, who lost her two-year battle with cancer last year, received £2,000 from Heerema’s pot.
Hartlepool coastal surveillance station, which is part of Coastwatch and helps HM Coastguard in providing safety at sea and on land, was also given £2,000.
When the Mail announced the news of the generous gift to Talia’s shocked mum, Clair, 37, who was unaware of the donation, she said: “I’m really, really happy, that’s marvellous.”
Talia suffers a daily ordeal of seizures, and cannot sit, walk or talk unaided and has been waiting for specialist physiotherapy treatment.
But she suffered a setback after developing double pneumonia, as reported by the Mail, and the treatment has been delayed for a year.
The donation gave Clair, who is married to Brendan, 35, something to smile about after hearing the news through a phone call while she was at Talia’s bedside at the University Hospital of North Tees.
Clair, who is also mum to Callum, 15, and seven-year-old Gabrielle, said: “I’m really grateful, it will help us loads.
“We will be able to pay for more treatment and stay-overs.”
Talia’s aunts, Jackie Bell, Maureen Garbutt and Lorraine Swift had applied for the funding on Talia’s behalf.
Jackie said: “We really didn’t expect this amount, we were all in tears.
“We thank Heerema from the bottom of our hearts.”
Talia was due for an assessment at the Footsteps Rehabilitation Centre, in Oxfordshire, before she took ill two weeks ago.
Clair revealed she has found a similar centre in Milton Keynes, which will mean the family may not have to travel as far.
Sue Williams, of the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust, said: “Heerema’s generosity is overwhelming, we only expected a fraction of the amount.
“It means we can continue to help cancer sufferers who apply for financial support.”
Bill Wilson, the coastal surveillance station’s secretary, said: “We are very grateful, it’s magic.
“It will go towards our building fund as we are renting a base at Hartlepool Yacht Club but are hoping for a place of our own.
“We would like to thank the workforce at Heerema.”
The money was raised through Heerema’s Centrica Ensign project, which sees Heerema and its clients plough money into deserving causes who send charity requests.
The more safety targets the firm meets, the higher the amount of money raised.
Christine Parkes, Heerema’s finance supervisor, said: “We get a lot of requests and these three particular causes really touched us.
“We are in a position to help so we did.”