FOSTER carers have been praised at a special Hartlepool ceremony.
The Foster Carer Awards Evening, organised by Hartlepool Council’s Fostering and Adoption Team, honoured its foster carers for their dedication and commitment to caring for children.
The role played by foster carers in looking after children in this town is crucial and it is fitting that they should be recognised in this way.Councillor Chris Simmons
The annual ceremony took place at the Grand Hotel in the town.
Recognition went to 16 carers for their contribution to the lives of children they have been looking after.
Councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of the Council’s Children’s Service Committee, said: “The role played by foster carers in looking after children in this town is crucial and it is fitting that they should be recognised in this way.
“Thanks to their invaluable support and expertise, a lot of children facing very difficult circumstances have seen their lives turned around.”
Awards were presented to Lisa and Simon Stuart, Gaynor and Andrew Briscoe, Catherine and Stephen Colledge, David and Jane Eglentine, Marie Harper, Jackie and Dennis Lamb, Christine Dee, Joy and James Odgers, and Ann and Thomas Willson.
Brian and June Gowlard received a 30-Year Service Award, 25-Year Service Awards went to Karen and James Tate and Mick and Margaret King and 10-Year Service Awards were taken by Carole Archibald, Lynn and Russell Chamberlain, Sarah Longmoor and Janice and Geoffrey Hutchinson.
Coun Simmons added: “The dedication of our foster carers in so selflessly committing to what is a very demanding role is simply inspirational and I would like to thank them personally for their efforts.”
For those who are interested in becoming a foster carer or wishes to find out more about the role contact the Council’s Fostering Team 01429 405588.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/hartlepoolfosterandadopt.