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Foster carers recognised at Long Service Awards

Staffordshire’s foster families were thanked during a special celebration day for their invaluable contributions in providing loving homes for the county’s looked after children.

Over 100 foster carers and staff gathered to celebrate the Long Service Awards, organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service. The celebration day was held in County Buildings in Stafford yesterday (Sunday 24 June).

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council attended the event and thanked foster carers for their work in providing loving homes to some of the county’s most vulnerable young people.

Mark said:

“Our celebration days are a great opportunity to thank our foster carers for the amazing job that they do and it was wonderful to meet so many and share in their stories.  These families have such a positive impact on young people’s lives and without this support, many would not get a second chance at a happy life.

“We are always on the lookout for more foster families so I would encourage anyone who is considering fostering to get in touch with us.”

Neville and Gillian Howe  from the Silkmore area in Stafford have fostered for Staffordshire County Council for 40 years. They were the stars of the day, receiving a standing ovation when they collected their award.

Neville said:

“We got into fostering after we had our own children and wanted to give something back. We still keep in regular contact with lots of the children we have looked after over the 40 years. They often call in and bring their own children to see us too.

“Two are top chefs, one has his own business, one became a medic and another one went into the army. We love seeing children doing well having put them on the right road.”

Further details on fostering with Staffordshire County Council are available at www.care4child.org/fostering, or by contacting 0800 169 2061.