Celebrating our fabulous foster carers
Date Added: 04/10/2016
Central Bedfordshire foster carers make an incredible difference to the lives of the children they look after.
And a number of them have been recognised for their long service or individual achievements at Central Bedfordshire Council’s annual Celebration of Fostering event.
The event was held at Woburn Safari Park and saw awards presented by the Chief Executive Richard Carr and Cllr Carole Hegley (Executive Member for Social Care and Housing and Lead Member for Children’s Services).
The long-service awards saw 14 fostering families recognised, with one couple celebrating 30 years of fostering.
Individual awards went to a host of different foster carers, including two families who have gone out of their way to facilitate complex contact arrangements for one sibling group; a couple who have cared for asylum seeking children from different cultural backgrounds whilst supporting and advising other carers who are also looking after unaccompanied children and young people, and another couple who have transformed the life of a seriously ill baby.
Cllr Hegley said: “Although a number of foster carers do receive awards at the event, this is really a chance to celebrate to work that they all do.
“The venue was fantastic as families had the opportunity to see the animals, enjoy a barbecue as well as get involved in the games and entertainment provided.
“Fostering involves the whole family, so it’s great for us to get the foster carers own children involved in the fun, and it’s why an award is presented to a foster carer’s birth children who really make a difference in welcoming foster children into their home.”
Winners and long-service awards included:
Chris and Dawn Addams (Shefford)
Dave and Jo O’Donohoe (Dunstable)
Andrew Simpson and Nicola Fountain (Wootton)
Roy Gilby and Claire Holmes (Lower Stondon)
Robert and Jacqui Crawford (Houghton Regis)
Andy and Michelle Canham (Milton Keynes)
Carlton and Claudette Clarke (Houghton Regis)
Tim and Sandra Thorne (Eaton Bray)
Brilliant Family and Friends Foster Carers:
Stephanie Pegg, who cares for her two grandchildren (Shefford)
Fabulous Foster Carers:
Dexter and Mandy Blain and Simon and Angela Ellis, who go out of their way to facilitate complex contact between a sibling group (Leighton Buzzard)
Special Sons and Daughters:
Chloe and Abbie Daniel
Outstanding Contribution to Fostering:
Imran Ilyasi and Shazma Sarfaraz, who have fostered two young asylum seekers from different countries of origin (Luton)
If that’s inspired you to find out more about fostering, visit http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/children/adoption-fostering/foster.aspx?utm_source=website&utm_medium=pr-link&utm_campaign=fgp , call 0300 300 8181 or email [email protected]