Fenland fosterers for praised at awards ceremony

Fenland Foster Carer 2014 Mavis Hearn from March with her grandchildren

Fenland Foster Carer 2014 Mavis Hearn from March with her grandchildren - Credit: Archant

Two Fenland Families were recognised at an awards ceremony to celebrate their work with Cambridgeshire’s looked after children and young people for their care and commitment.

Susan and Tony Waller of Wisbech with their award

Susan and Tony Waller of Wisbech with their award - Credit: Archant

They joined carers from across the county to take part in Cambridgeshire County Council’s Foster Carer Awards, held at Wood Green near Godmanchester.

The event is an annual celebration of the local authority’s foster carers and is an opportunity for foster carers, their own children and the children they foster to get together for an evening of fun and entertainment.

In presenting the awards Councillor Joan Whitehead, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “We are very grateful for the hard work and commitment shown by our foster carers. Fostering is a fulfilling, demanding, and skilful role and it was an honour to celebrate the achievements of our long serving carers.”

Cllr Whitehead also thanked carers for their work to help encourage other members of the public to consider fostering. This is particularly important as Cambridgeshire, like many other areas of the country, needs to recruit more foster carers to provide homes for local children and young people.

Mavis Hearn from March has been fostering for 20 years and has just celebrated her 70th birthday. She was praised for offering many children and young people a home where they feel safe and cared for.

Sue and Tony Waller from Wisbech have been fostering for 15 years. They were thanked for their enthusiasm and commitment in caring for children and young people.

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Over 120 carers, children and members of staff attended the popular event and a total of 20 families received awards this year, with the longest serving carers celebrating 25 years of fostering.

Anyone interested in finding out more information about fostering with Cambridgeshire County Council can call 0800 052 0078 or visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering

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