A FUNDRAISING drive to help a youngster battling a series of illnesses has passed the £30,000 mark.
Three-year old Talia Foster suffers a daily ordeal of multiple seizures and is unable to sit or walk unaided.
Her loving family started a fundraising drive to help support the numerous trips that need to be made to physiotherapy centres throughout the country as well as specialist equipment which helps the youngster’s development.
But even they admit to being “taken aback” by the huge amount of support the family and Talia have received.
The fundraising total has now reached £32,500, and it is having a positive effect on the youngster.
As reported in the Mail, the money has allowed the family to buy a sleep system which ensures she stays in certain positions at night and plans are in place for the youngster to get a sensory bedroom.
Mum Clair, 37, said: “Sensory rooms really do help to stimulate Talia’s brain so that will be excellent for her.
“The doctors are really happy with how she is doing at the moment, things are going very well.
“She has started to eat our food instead of baby food which is brilliant and she is giving cold food a try, she wouldn’t even entertain that before.
“She is also starting to use a toothbrush herself as well.
“The support we have received from people is unbelievable, it has been such a help.”
Clair, who is married to Brendan, 35, and is also a mum to Callum, 16, and Gabrielle, seven, lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool.
The family enjoyed a trip to Legoland and Chessington World of Adventures last month to celebrate Talia’s seventh birthday.
They are now getting set for the battling youngster’s first day at nursery next week.
“Talia is going to go to Springwell and Grange Primary,” added Clair.
“We visited both and they were fantastic.
“Talia loves being with other kids, she really enjoys playgroups and things like that so I think she will love nursery.”