Joshua’s sponsored walk gift for little Talia

Tony Mandry pictured with grandson Joshua.
Tony Mandry pictured with grandson Joshua.

A SPECIAL little boy who was left brain-damaged after being attacked by his father helped to do his bit to raise cash for another sick youngster.

Six-year-old Joshua Cool took part in a sponsored walk and managed to help raise £150 in aid of brave Talia Foster.



Courageous two-year-old Talia faces a daily ordeal of multiple seizures and physiotherapy and needs eight different types of medication.

The walk was held at Seaton Carew on Sunday to raise cash so the youngster, who was recently named a Hartlepool Mail Child of Courage at the Pride of Hartlepool awards, can go to a specialist centre in Oxfordshire for treatment which costs £1,800 a time.

Joshua’s gran Pamela Mandry, 48, said: “Joshua got pushed in his wheelchair on the walk by his granddad and he had a big smile on his face, as always.

“He loved every minute of it and he slept well that night as well, probably after having all that sea air.

“I’m sure if he’d have known he would have been so glad to help out Talia.”

Joshua, who lives with his gran and granddad Tony Mandry, 48, in Lancaster Road, Hartlepool, was left brain damaged and unable to walk, talk or even sit up properly after his father Paul Cool shook him severely when he was just weeks old and stubbed out a cigarette on him.

The sponsored walk from Seaton Carew Cricket Club to Newburn Bridge and back was followed by a funday at the club’s grounds and raked in a whopping £1,000 for her fund.

A further £4,000 was raised by Talia’s granddad George Bromley and four of his friends who carried out a 140-mile trek from Edinburgh to Hartlepool over six days.