Hoping to improve Talia’s quality of life

Talia Foster with her mum, Clair
Talia Foster with her mum, Clair

TALIA’S family are hoping the youngster could receive help from experts at a specialist centre.

First, though, she faces an assessment to see if she would be suitable to be treated at Footsteps, in Oxford.

Footsteps is a rehabilitation centre providing programmes for children and young adults with neuro-motor disorders. It could help Talia to improve her rate of development.

The cost of that would be £1,800 per treatment, for which Talia would receive three weeks of intensive help over five days each week.

First, though, she has to be given the go-ahead as being suitable for the Footsteps treatment. That means an assessment by the Footsteps’ experts later this year.

If she is, she could be receiving treatment once she reaches three in August.

Clair said: “All of this is to help improve her quality of life.”

She urged people: “If you can help in any way Talia and her family would be so grateful.”

Clair and Brendan praised the people of Hartlepool who have already supported their bid to raise the money for Talia’s treatment. Clair said: “It is the love of everyone in Hartlepool that will help us to help Talia.

“Even if someone said ‘there’s a penny for her’ that’s a penny towards helping Talia.”

Footsteps has a form of treatment called the spider which offers children workouts on a system of elastic ropes.

Therapists use the ropes to support and manipulate limbs. They are combined with intensive physiotherapy to help children take their first steps.

People aged from three to 25 attend the centre from all over Europe.

Clair and Brendan, are hoping Talia will be suitable for the programme.

To raise the money, friends and family have started a fundraising campaign which includes;

• A charity night at Seaton Cricket Club on February 26;

• An auction evening with disco and raffle at Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club on March 25;

•A sponsored walk on April 10 from Seaton Cricket Club to Newburn Bridge and back,

• Other individuals offering to do sponsored events such as walks and bike rides.

Anyone wanting to offer more support can contact Brendan and Clair on (01429) 861687.