Recognition for fabulous foster carers William and Susan
Date Added: 29/09/2015
Central Bedfordshire’s foster carers do an incredible job helping to give children a start in life which they may not otherwise have had.
And their efforts have been celebrated with a special Celebration of Fostering evening recently thanks to generous help from Woburn Safari Park.
More than 170 people enjoyed food and various forms of entertainment at the celebration evening which saw a number of foster carers presented with awards to mark their outstanding achievements and long service.
Among those to be recognised were William and Susan Bagnall, who live near Sandy. The couple received the fabulous foster carer award for the work they have done with two looked-after children.
They said: “We previously received an award for being foster carers for five years, which was nice to be appreciated by the foster care team. But when it was announced we had won this award, we were very shocked and very pleased. What made it so special was being nominated by the our social worker and the children themselves.”
Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing, said: “Our foster carers do a fantastic job providing a safe, stable and nurturing environment so children can flourish and meet their full potential.
“That is not always easy, and our foster carers face many challenges, often on a daily basis. However, they are dedicated, resilient and patient, and stick with our children because the rewards of fostering far outweigh the challenges.
“The ultimate reward is when you can see a child blossom and you know as a carer that you have been able to have a positive impact on a child's life.
“Some of our foster carers have given many years of dedicated service while others go the extra mile to really make a difference – that is why, although the evening is to celebrate all of our foster carers, we also present awards.
“I was struck by the stories I heard, the numbers of children foster carers have cared for and to see so many happy faces.”
Chief Executive Richard Carr, who helped to present the awards, said: “It was an honour and a pleasure to be able to attend the Celebration of Fostering evening and to meet many of our foster carers and hear about the fantastic work they are doing.
“I was delighted to hear about local recognition which some of our male carers have received for being ‘great dads’ as well as national recognition for some of the sons and daughters of our foster carers for helping to welcome other children into their homes.
“Our Fostering team is doing a brilliant job helping to recruit and retain foster carers, but there is always a need for more people to make a difference in children’s lives. So, if you think you can help then please get in touch with them today.”
Anyone interested in fostering should call 0300 300 8181, email [email protected] or visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/fostering