Unknown-1Update by Gareth Barlow, Assistant Team Manager, Kidsgrove Rangers

“After a long summer of hard work we started our season away at Blythe Bridge. And after a slow start and shaking off the nerves we started our season with a 4-2 victory. Followed by a very confident display we ended up with a second victory 4-0.

Our First Home game of the season was against cheadle after a very tough game from the opposition and battling against the bad weather we came away with a draw and another victory.

Another home game followed against opposition we were very familiar with Red Street Eagles. After another great team display and battling performance we came away with another victory and another draw. Ensuring we kept our unbeaten start going strong.

A very tough test followed away at Milton United. After a very slow start to the game we found ourselves 2-0 down after digging deep and making chances in the game we were unable to take our chances and lost our first game of the season. In the second game the boys really dug deep and after a very strong and dominant performance came away with a 2-1 victory.

Another tough away game followed Blurton Bulldogs. On a very challenging pitch and conditions the boys found there selves in a very hard game. But showing great team spirit and some brilliant individual performances we managed to come away with another victory and a draw.

A game the boys were really looking forward to was the local derby against Kidsgrove Galaxy. With the boys being really fired up to get one over the local league rivals they found there selves in a very commanding and strong position ensuring that they came away with a dominant score line in both games and two more victories.

Back on our travels this time away at Leek Town. A strong performance in the first game ensuring that we came away with a 1-0 victory. After a Leek town revival they managed to get a late goal with the game locked at 1-1 ensuring that they were only the second team to beat us.

With the disappointment of losing only our second game still fresh in the memory. The boys managed to rally and put in a brilliant team performance and come away with a 1-0 and 3-0 victory against a very strong Norton United team. Leaving us in a very strong position at the half way point in the season.

Just before we had our Christmas break we had our first return fixture away at Red Street Eagles battling the elements on a very cold Sunday morning the boys managed to get a 1-1 draw in the first game and in the second game in a very tight contest conceded a late goal to lose 1 -0 for only the third time this season.

Yet again I would like to thank Capstone Foster Care for your support and would like to congratulate the boys on a fantastic first half of the season!”

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Dannys-head-shave-300x222Danny Hilferty from Capstone Foster Care’s Leicester fostering office, surprised staff and foster carers when he announced that he was going to shave his head to raise funds for a worthwhile cause.

Watch the video to see Danny, Social worker from Leicester foster agency gets his head shaved for charity. 

Danny usually supports carers from across the East Midlands but this effort was in aid of charity, Mother of Peace, that supports orphans in Zimbabwe. The charity holds regular meetings and members of Capstone Foster Care recently attended one of their meetings in Leicester which was hosted by the Zimbabwean community.

Charitable events

The meeting was a excellent opportunity to learn more about Mother of Peace and how our Leicester fostering team could support the charity.  Fundraising ideas and activities have been discussed at support groups for carers in Leicester. Senior Practitioner, Dave Needle, donated an old parachute to the charity, and has now decided to raise funds by doing a parachute jump alongside Regional Director Dean Temple and a local foster carer.

Dave Needle said:

“When we went to the evening charity event, we watched a video about the young people who need support in Zimbabwe. Supporting the children there echoed the support we offer children in foster care in Leicester and across the UK. We rebuild lives at Capstone Foster Care and if we could help children do the same in Zimbabwe it would be amazing.”
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Conkers-3-300x199Foster carers across the East Midlands decided to go to Conkers for their annual Christmas day out. It was a new choice in terms of foster carer events and it didn’t disappoint!

There’s lots of things to do both indoors and outdoors throughout the year at Conkers in Derbyshire. At Christmas it becomes a Winter Wonderland. Upon arrival, our staff team, carers and children were led away by elves through the enchanted forest and the valley of Christmas lights to Santa’s woodland grotto.

 

 

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The group saw reindeer and the adults settled for mince pies and mulled wine whilst the children lined up to meet Santa in his grotto.

Some decided to take a trip on the Santa Special through the runner of Discovery and others were just in time to meet the balloon modeller and watch the street entertainers.

Dave Needle, Senior Practitioner, said:

“It really went down well with children, young people and carers.We had a great turnout and we’re definitely going to plan something like this again next year.”

What our carers say

“Just wanted to say thank you for arranging the winter wonderland trip it was very good. Both ourselves and the boys thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you.”

Donna and Steve

 

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