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Celebration recognises the dedication of Norfolk’s foster carers

15 April 2019

Foster carers from across Norfolk have been recognised for their long service and dedication at a special celebration on Friday 12 April.

Norfolk County Council marked the commitment of 48 of its foster carers, recognising a collective 574 years of fostering experience.

he event, at Lynford Hall, Mundford, included an awards ceremony, Easter egg hunt and a disco and was attended by more than 100 children from across the county, alongside their carers.

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “This event gives us a chance to say a huge thank you to our foster carers and to recognise and celebrate their tremendous work.

“Foster carers provide the compassion and support that is so vital to children in our care and the role they play in changing and improving children’s lives is invaluable.

“The difference our carers make cannot be overstated – their contribution gives children who have had a difficult start in life, the home and the love that can make such a difference.”

All of those receiving awards at the event have been fostering for Norfolk County Council for at least five years.  The longest serving carer has been supporting children and young people for more than 40 years.

Among those honoured were Roni and Kevin, who have been fostering since 2013 and have cared for 14 children in that time.

Roni is now an ambassador for Norfolk County Council’s fostering service, helping to recruit more carers.

She said:  “I can honestly say, although I have done many other things, including nursing and been in the RAF, fostering is the most rewarding thing that I have ever experienced.  I feel very passionate about what we do and would recommend fostering to anybody that is thinking of it.  It will change your life in ways you can’t imagine and be the most fulfilling thing that I believe you can do."

Anyone interested in fostering for Norfolk County Council can call 01603 306649 or visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/fostering.

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