Shoebox _HFThis year staff and carers at Capstone decided to get together for a great cause and organise a collection of shoeboxes to give to disadvantaged children at Christmas. We have supported the Operation Christmas Child appeal which is managed by the charity Samaritan’s Purse. Our carers and staff have had lots of fun putting these boxes together across the country.

Marketing Manager at Capstone Foster Care, Suma Gill said: “We recently shared a video on our Facebook page of these Christmas shoe boxes being delivered to children. It was a delight to see their faces when they were opening their presents. Our team really wanted to get involved this year because supporting children is at the heart of what we do. If anyone at Capstone has a charity event, or a cause they want us to support, we are always really keen to get involved.”

Operation Christmas Child started 25 years ago in Romania, and the joy of the Christmas box campaign has spread to over 100 countries worldwide.

Steve, Foster Carer, from Somerset who supports children, J and R said:

When we received the email from Capstone asking for families to support the shoe box appeal I spoke with our family members and asked them for their thoughts. We decided this would be a great idea and agreed we wouldmake up 10 boxes for girls age 5-9 years old.

J felt this was a good idea as the children who will be receiving them won’t be getting any other presents at Xmas. J chose the sweets that went into the boxes and had a great time selecting them, when we were putting the boxes together J said it made him feel good inside.

R helped select with other items to put in the boxes and she especially liked the rag dolls. R helped put the christmas wrapping paper on the boxes and fill them with the presents. R said this was great fun and was glad we did this as a family and said it made her feel proud to be part of the appeal.

We have decided next

year to carry on supporting the shoe box campaign and are going to make up a box each week, J will choose one week and R the next.”

Thanks to everyone at Capstone for your participation and ongoing support with charitable activities.

Our London team enjoyed getting involved

Our London team enjoyed getting involved


With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve teamed up with the fantastic team at Behind The Magic Door to bring you an exclusive discount of 40% off their gorgeous personalised children’s books!

These books make the ideal gift for any special little ones and are a great bedtime story for kids ages 0-8. Every story is different and unique to each child, so B-E-N would have a different story to T-H-O-M-A-S, and K-A-T-I-E would be different to S-O-P-H-I-E.

Rather than simply inserting your child’s name into a template, Behind The Magic Door let you create your own characters and build an adventure based on their name, e.g. SHELLY would have a story based around a Snake, Hyena, Elephant, Lion, Llama and a Yeti.

These books normally cost £19.99 each and come with FREE delivery worldwide, but as a special gift to our foster carers and Capstone family, we are offering 40% off! Simply enter code foster40 into the Discount Code box during online checkout to receive your Capstone exclusive deal.


margate juliettaOur team of carers, children and staff at Capstone South East recently got together to enjoy a family day out. Everyone travelled together by coach to enjoy a day at the beach in Margate. We were lucky as the weather was perfect for both the beach and the funfair.

Julietta, a Capstone foster carer said:

“Once boarded  and safely seated on the coach we were all provided with ‘goodie bags’ compliments from Capstone. What a fantastic surprise !. The bag contained fruits, water, healthy snack bar and anti bacteria hand gel.

It was a beautiful turn out with many old and new faces on the coach. The adults chatted amongst each other whilst the children sang songs and played guessing games. New friendships were being formed.”

Upon arrival yet again each family received another surprised gift ‘ ice cream’ money! From Regional Director, Seamus, thanks again!”

The location was a great spot, where teenagers and some carers opted for the funfair and other carers and younger children mostly opted for the beach.

Matthew, a Foster Carer, added:

“What a great family day out! ‘The water is so warm!’ the kids said to me as they splashed about and paddled in the sea. They were right, it was warm! Bucket and spades in tow, we set our sights on building a monster sand castle city.

As well as snacks provided by Capstone, carers brought lunch with them or enjoyed fish and chips on deckchairs on the beach.

Julietta added:

“Without a doubt it was a beautiful day. Many thanks to the staff at Capstone who must have worked very hard to put this event together, in particular the staff who attended and still had their ‘working hat ‘on and kindly provided support and advice …whilst licking ice cream …smiling. “

 

Regional Director, Seamus, added:

“It’s really important to us to organise events like Margate for all our foster carers. It’s a great opportunity for carers and their children to form friendships with others in similar circumstances. It was delightful that the weather was kind to us on this occasion, and we all had a good time enjoying what Margate had to offer.”


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