Mum gets on her marks to help disabled Hartlepool girl Talia

Talia Foster's mum, Clair, will compete in the Great North Run to raise funds for sensory equipment.
Talia Foster's mum, Clair, will compete in the Great North Run to raise funds for sensory equipment.
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The mum of a battling disabled Hartlepool girl will line up to take part in this year’s Great North Run to help raise funds for new equipment.

The family of six-year-old Talia Foster are hoping to raise more than £1,000 for special light sensory equipment to help calm her.

Mum Clair, 41, has stepped up and aims to compete in her first half marathon for the cause in September.

She said she was inspired after Harry Gutridge and Jordan Taite ran the race for Talia last year.

Clair, of Owton Manor, Hartlepool, said: “I thought ‘I can do that’ so I thought I would do it this year.

“I have been going to the gym to prepare, as I’ve never done anything like it before.”

Talia, who attends Springwell Primary School, needs the equipment – including a bubble tube, bubble fish tube, acrylic mirrors and fibre-optic sideglow – to help her relax, but they will cost £1,128.

Talia, who has epilepsy and is registered blind, was not breathing when she was born, and it took doctors 10 minutes to resuscitate her.

As a result of the damage caused, she cannot talk and she needs 24-hour supervision.

However, Clair, married to Brendan, 39, said despite everything, Talia is a happy little girl and a “little fighter”.

The family have been helped in their fundraising efforts by the charity Caudwell Children, by helping to set up a Just Giving internet page and direct them to potential grant givers and charities.

To donate to the cause, visit /www.justgiving.com/appeal4talia/ or text TALI49 to 70070 to give £3.