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.