Thank you for caring

31 Jan 2024 09:15
Published by: Scott Callan

Commitment: Kerry and Graham Christopher (Photo credit: Cheshire East Council)

LONG-SERVNG foster carers in Cheshire East have been recognised for their dedication and commitment at a special ceremony.
Seven fostering families, with nearly 160 years’ service in total, were presented with their awards at the event at Sandhole Oak Barn in Congleton.
In total, these families have cared for more than 200 children and young people during that time.
They include Kerry and Graham Christopher from Nantwich who have been fostering for more than 25 years.
Regarding their experience, they said: “It was 27 years ago when our daughters were aged four and two that we applied and were approved as foster carers for children between the ages of 0-18.
“We have seen about ten young people through to independence and most of them we are still in regular contact with, alongside their partners. They are still very much a part of our family as our own daughters are.
“The best thing about fostering is seeing the children we’ve cared for grow up and start to get on with their lives, making plans, being successful in their relationships, learning to be great parents and more – and we get to celebrate it all with them!
“Fostering has enriched and enhanced our lives not just as a couple, but as a whole family. We really enjoy spending time with the young people we have cared for in the past and those who we continue to care for.”
Carol Bulman, lead member for children and families at Cheshire East Council, said: “I’d like to thank each and every foster carer from the bottom of my heart for all the care, love and support they give to children and young people who are most in need.
“They really are unsung heroes with their selflessness, resilience, and unwavering commitment, shining as beacons of hope in the lives of those they welcome into their homes.”
The number of cared for children in Cheshire East fluctuates daily, however at the end of September 2023, the borough had 533.
Foster carers play a crucial role by offering these children a secure, nurturing, and loving homes when they cannot stay within their family network.
To find out more about fostering visit, email: or call 0300 123 3223.

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