Capstone Foster Care News

Social Worker Alison from Capstone South West is running the Sierra Leone Marathon in May for Street Child. She is hoping to raise over £1000! Click here for Ali’s sponsor page. Here’s her story in her own words!

I am turning 40 this year and wanted to complete my first marathon somewhere special! When I read about Street Child, I knew that I had found something special. I was inspired by the work of Street Child and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in the Sierra Leone Marathon 2018. The money raised on my page will go towards providing a child with education, school uniform as well as training teachers. Very excitingly, Street Child are in the middle of our Right to Learn Appeal which means that everything we fundraise between now and 15th February will be doubled by the UK Government; For example, a donation of £30 is enough to send a child to school for a year, whereas a £50 donation with match funding can supply a whole school with their teaching resources for a year.

Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button (follow the link below).

A massive Thank you to Capstone for supporting me to do this. Keep up to date with my training and photos on my Just Giving page.

I will also be doing a pre-marathon practice run on Sunday the 6th of May along Bournemouth beach. So if you fancy a sunny day out, come join, it would be amazing to have your support. Don’t forget spread the word. 😊   


Sandy, Team Manager at our Dartford Office, gives us an update about the Beyond Boundaries trip which was attended by two of our looked after young people. Sandy helped to raise money to enable the boys to fund the trip, to which Capstone also donated £200.

Who went on the trip and where abouts did they go, how long for?

Two of our looked after young people went to Northern India for 2 weeks with the “Beyond Boundaries” project which is supported by Basti Ram.

What did they do and see whilst out there

They taught English in a local primary school and made some really valuable connections with the children there. They also did a lot of sightseeing, and also visited the Taj Mahal.

What are the outcomes of the trip?

The young people were able to experience another culture and also appreciate what little the children had there, but the fact that they remained happy. The young people were able to forge friendships with the other looked after young people that went on the trip, and support them with their confidence building.

What did the young people say about the trip?

Both of the boys absolutely loved it, and were so animated to tell me about their experiences and what they had seen when they were there. One of the young people said one of the little girls in his class was so sweet, and he was really upset to have to say goodbye, he wished he could have put her in his suitcase to bring her back to England!

How much did you raise to help them go?

The boys had to fundraise £500 each to contribute towards the total cost of the trip. I raised a total of £685 for both of the boys– by doing a sponsored walk with Lewisham Council staff (which was actually more of a hike!) and was joined by the boys to do this. Capstone also donated £200.

Are you proud of the boys?

I’m really proud of both of the boys – I have watched them grow up over the past 6 years and they are a credit to their amazing foster carers. I was invited by Lewisham to attend the Beyond Boundaries presentation on the 16th November at Goldsmiths University, where all the young people and Lewisham staff who went on the trip did a presentation which included photos, videos and speeches from the young people themselves. It was amazing to see our 2 young people speak in front of such a big audience about what they had learnt from their experience!


Debarah from the Midlands foster carer recruitment team joined Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice for their Jingle Bell Jog.

Around 700 people attended the event and showed support to the local hospice. The Jingle Bell Jog involved a festive family fun, with the Grinch as the surprise guest.

At Capstone, we are keen to show continued support to St Mary’s Hospice for the end of life care and support they provide to individuals, their families, carers and loved ones, across Birmingham and Sandwell.

This Christmas day, it will cost around £22,000 to run the Hospice in Selly Oak. Birmingham.  Well done to those that participated.

The Jingle Bell Jog is a great opportunity to meet families, it’s also a reminder that although Christmas brings some families together we must remember this time of year can be a difficult occasion for many families, and there are many people that need your help.


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