Charity night for brave Talia

Anthony Mandry with Joshua Cool
Anthony Mandry with Joshua Cool

A GRANDDAD who is a full-time carer for his disabled grandson is helping to organise a fundraising night to raise money for a brave toddler.

The 3 Lions sports bar, in Park Road, Hartlepool, is set to host a night of entertainment for youngster Talia Foster.



The courageous two-year-old is battling a series of conditions including epilepsy and faces a daily ordeal of multiple seizures and physiotherapy.

Anthony Mandry, 49, is organising the night and said he can relate to battling youngsters as his grandson, six-year-old Joshua Cool was left brain damaged after being attacked by his dad when he was just two weeks old.

Talia is unable to sit or walk unaided and has severe learning problems, while she also has a reduction in her white brain matter which affects its growth.

Despite her setbacks, she has amazed doctors by showing signs of progress.

Her proud parents, Clair, 36, and Brendan, 35, from Owton Manor, Hartlepool, are hoping to raise £1,800 to send the youngster to a specialist centre in Oxfordshire for treatment.

A number of fundraisers have taken place to help get Talia the care she needs.

Mr Mandry, from Lancaster Road, Hartlepool, said: “Talia’s mum contacted us and we were only too happy to help.

“We can obviously understand more than most what it is like because we deal with similar things on a daily basis.

“We have a fair few going and everyone is welcome to turn up.”

The event takes place from 7pm tomorrow at the bar.