Talia boosted by kind donations

Mark Cockrill (left) and Stephen Willis from the Engineers Social Club with Clair and Talia Foster. Picture By FRANK REID

Mark Cockrill (left) and Stephen Willis from the Engineers Social Club with Clair and Talia Foster. Picture By FRANK REID

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KIND-HEARTED and extreme fundraisers have helped to raise nearly £2,000 for a youngster battling illness.

The family of two-year old Talia Foster are ecstatic after receiving three hugely generous donations in just two weeks.

The support of family, friends and town residents means around £10,000 has now been donated to help Talia.

Talia’s mum Clair was taken aback last week when she got a phone call to say a charity night had raised £1,000 for the cause.

Members of the Engineers Social Club, in Raby Road, Hartlepool had organised the event and raised the impressive amount of money.

The huge donation came just days after two quirky fundraising events took place to support the cause.

Talia joined the rest of her family at the Transporter Bridge last week where family friend Keighley Campbell took on a daring sponsored bungee jump from the very top.

Keighley’s brave efforts raised £430 for Talia.

And the coffers were boosted yet again when Clair’s cousin Alison Gill and her boyfriend took on a gruelling 37-mile walk across Guisborough Moors including a challenging climb up Roseberry Topping.

The marathon walk raised another £400.

Clair, 37 who lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool with husband Brendan, 35, and their other children Callum, 15 and seven-year old Gabrielle, said the family never fail to be amazed by the generous donations.

“All of the money raised is such a great help to us, it will all go towards the physiotherapy treatment for Talia,” said Clair.

“We knew the charity night was taking place last week at the Engineers Club but we didn’t really know how much it would raise.

“Then we got a phone call to say they had made around £1,000, it’s absolutely fantastic.”

Looking back on the Transporter Bridge bungee jump, Clair added: “I think I was more nervous than Keighley beforehand, she was quite relaxed about it.

“I couldn’t believe it when she said she was going to do it to help raise money.

“The Guisborough walk was just as impressive, to walk 37 miles to help Talia is just fantastic.”

All of the money raised will go towards helping Talia with a number of physiotherapy treatments.

Earlier this week the youngster, who suffers a daily ordeal of seizures and cannot sit, walk or talk unaided had a physiotherapy class at the Step Together Centre, in Darlington.

The family are now looking forward to a trip to Milton Keynes in October to a centre which specialises in eight types of physiotherapy.