Tea for Foo - rock giants Foo Fighters reach out to Cornish teenager

Eighteen year old Chloe Salfield from Truro was one of the speakers at TEDxTruro in October last year, joining international sensory expert Joanna Grace on stage for a talk about why inclusion should be based on gain and not pity.

Chloe’s mum was looking for ways to help Chloe express her individuality and knowing her love of rock music shared a post on social media to see if anyone had any old tour t-shirts from some of Chloe’s favourite bands, including Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Frank Turner.

After seeing a Twitter post by TEDxTruro, all three acts got in touch straight away with an offer to help. A few weeks later a t-shirt from Frank Turner and bundles of goodies from Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age arrived. Foo Fighters sent t-shirts, hoodies and socks as well as a limited edition tea set featuring a painting of the band. Only 100 Foo Fighter tea sets were made; 70 were sold and 30 kept by the band to give out as special gifts.

Chloe’s mum Ali Tolley explains:

“Foo Fighters have been so kind, even offering to give us tickets to a gig. Because Chloe is unable to travel far, I suggested that they come to tea with us instead – which is why they sent us the tea set! I’m really overwhelmed with the kindness of Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Frank Turner – it means so much to Chloe and I.”

Foo Fighters are known for its acts of kindness, with frontman Dave Grohl dedicating a song at the band’s headline Glastonbury gig last year to a fan who had died from breast cancer.

Joanna Grace adds:

“It was so important to me to have Chloe by my side on the stage at TEDxTruro. Our talk was about how we can all gain from being more inclusive and I knew that although Chloe can’t use words like me, her personality and presence would shine through and say much more than I could ever express on my own. To know that the video of our talk is being watched by thousands of people around the world – and that it inspired Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Frank Turner to be this generous is absolutely brilliant.”

Katie Moore, co-licensee of TEDxTruro said:

“TED began in the USA in 1984 and now independently organized TEDx events take place all over the world. Both events are about sharing ideas and giving speakers an opportunity to give the talk of their lives. Joanna and Chloe certainly lived up to that. Their message of inclusion based on gain not pity is such an important one, and I hope that many more people will watch and share their talk on-line to help bring about the change our society needs to make.”

Joanna Grace and Chloe Salfield’s TEDxTruro talk is available on YouTube.