DSCN0338-web-300x225To celebrate the amazing work that foster carers do we held a Foster Carers Lunch for all Foster Carers who supported by the London Hounslow Office. Carers and staff indulged in a delicious curry, whilst talking about their experiences and supporting each other.

We regularly host support groups for carers to attend and we wanted to make this extra special with a buffet lunch and decorations at the offices to bring everyone into a party mood. It certainly worked as carers and staff had a great time mingling over lunch, and sitting in groups chatting.

 

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Marcella Denis chats to carers at the event

As well as social workers and admin staff, Regional Director, Marcella Denis was also keen to meet Foster Carers again.

Marcella said; “We really value the hard work that foster carers do. That’s why we are keen to host events throughout the year for foster carers to attend, so we can recognise the work they do. Our support groups are regular meetings that are held with foster carers in groups. These are often good opportunities for foster carers to talk about their fostering experience and support each other, as well as getting expert advice from managers and social workers. I want to thank each and every foster carer who attended our lunch event in Hounslow, it’s times like this that Capstone feels like one big family.”

Foster Carers said they felt it was a good opportunity to meet all members of the London team and they had thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambiance. If you’re interested in fostering and would like to come along for a chat, or meet us at an upcoming event, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0203 384 4435 or make an enquiry online. We’d be delighted to meet you next time and talk to you about becoming a foster carer.

 

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Julia-race-3-256x300Julia Todd from Capstone Foster Care participated in the Race for Life in Solihull to raise funds for Cancer Research.
Julia was joined on the day by friends and family who cheered her on. “Our aim was to walk the 5k in under an hour, we just made it in 59 minutes. We’d stopped to chat to people along the way and had to run the last bit to finish in time!”

Julia was joined by four friends who completed the race with her and between them they have raised £1000 so far. Over 2,300 people participated in the race in Malvern Park, and the organisers are expecting to raise over £175,000.

In August 2014, Julia was diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks she had undergone surgery. Julia has had six months of chemotherapy and is now receiving radiotherapy treatment.

Julia said; “People think I’ve done well, but it’s been very hard. I’ve had lots of support from friends and family. My faith and support in my local parish church in Knowle has really helped me get through this.”

“I did the Race for Life because the money we’re raising will go towards research. I’ve read somewhere that by 2050 they may find a cure. It seems like a long time away but it’s better than nothing. I hope one day they will find a cure to stop this awful suffering – to beat Cancer.”

Julia-race-1Julia added; “I didn’t know how I’d feel on the day of the race, but I was really touched by everyone who had been affected.”

Julia’s husband, Andrew said; “It was a very moving experience to see so many people involved, all affected by cancer in one way or another.”

Julia is still collecting funds for the race, if you would like to make a donation you can find her Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/juliatodd/


19-169x300Marcella, Fiona, Mary, Sarah and Tracey from Capstone Foster Care took part in the Fostering Network’s Foster Walk. The walk brought together fostering families for a great day out, raising funds to continue life-changing work transforming fostered children’s lives.

Joining the Fostering Network team, the Capstone ladies dressed in orange, drawing in lots of attention from passers by who asked what the walk was in aid of.

Marcella Denis, Regional Director, said: “It was a lovely sunny day in London and It was really nice spending time with other people involved in fostering and hearing their stories and what their connection to fostering was.”

02The walk was along the south bank of the river Thames. It started at Potters Field Park, near Tower Bridge and ended by the London Eye. Fiona Persich, Recruitment Co-ordinator said: “During the walk we could see many of London’s well known sights and attractions including City Hall, the Gherkin tower,  HMS Belfast, London Bridge and the London Bridge experience, The Golden Hinde, The Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge, the Oxo Tower and the Houses of Parliament.”

The walk was organised by the Fostering Network to raise more awareness of fostering during Foster Care Fortnight. There is a huge shortage of foster carers in London and the surrounding areas. At Capstone Foster Care we support carers across the South East from offices in Dartford, Hounslow, Luton, Ashford and West Sussex.

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