Our foster carer Tony was a member of the Army Reserve (formerly known as the Territorial Army) for a short time in the late 70s early 80s.

Later, his two sons joined the Regular Army. Their decision came after attending the Army Cadets as young boys through to their late teens. They both felt that this gave them an idea of what they could expect of army life.

Tony said:

‘My eldest son joined the Army Air Corps, and my younger son joined the Royal Military Police. They both did well and attained NCO Corporal rank within 8 -11 years. They had the opportunity to travel, it offered them a new perspective on life, and without a doubt helped them transition in to adulthood.’

Both of Tony’s sons believe it is the best decision they’ve ever made and now have successful careers since leaving.

When Johnathan, Tony’s eldest came home to see the family, or when Tony and family visited his eldest, their foster child J, would be very inquisitive about army life. They would talk about the positive aspects of being in the army, as well as the reality of the challenges faced by those in the army. Johnathan always advocated for joining the army.

Tony said:

‘J and I have spoken a great deal about what he wants to do in life after leaving care, and it seems joining the Regular Army is on the horizon.

We have talked about the benefits that come with this, including the practical skills he will learn, and how he will have accommodation, and be part of the Army family, where his needs as a young man will be met, and if he puts his mind to it, he could also do well and have a good start to adulthood life as well as a good career prospect.

I believe there is a similarity between being fostered and the Army. Your become part of a family, you make new friends, you are given a place to live, all your medical and dental care is provided, and the bonus is you get paid. If J chooses to join the army he will get to travel the world for free and visit many countries he may otherwise never have the chance to do, he can take part in many different sports, and learn to drive. What other job gives you that many benefits?

With a helping hand from the Army, it’s a great way to transition from leaving care to trying to make it in the world.’

 


Jodie Mason, Marketing Coordinator and Alison Rickwood, Social Worker, will be doing a pre-marathon practice run at the beginning of May across Avon Beach between 16-18 miles. If you are interested in coming along for support and for a bbq afterwards on the beach, email alison.rickwood@capstonefostercare.co.uk or jodie.mason@capstonefostercare.co.uk for more information.

Ali Rickwood says:

As it is my 40th year on this planet; I wanted to do something special to celebrate; why not complete my first marathon!! And run it 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. For example, a donation of £30 is enough to send a child to school for a year, or a £50 donation can supply a whole school with their teaching resources for a year.

Please help us help them by giving whatever you can:

Ali’s page

Jodie’s page

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 and the Capstone website with my weekly blogs!.

If any of you have some ideas about how I can raise more money before I head out to Sierra Leone, that would be amazing, please do email or call me – I would welcome any support!!

I look forward to hearing from you 😊”

Check out Alison’s 5 minutes of fame on Salisbury TV:


Capstone South West went on an Easter Egg hunt at Crealy! Capstone South West carer Debbie who is new to the Capstone family has written a short piece about the day.

Capstone South West carer Debbie says:

It was a great day and the weather was brilliant.

As I’m new to Capstone and to fostering for me it was great to meet other carers socially. Everyone was friendly and welcoming.

It was also a great opportunity for the children to meet each other and they thoroughly enjoyed the day, interacting with each other to find the eggs in the hunt and helping each other to ensure all of them got an Easter egg at the end.

Going on the rides together really showed the children were having so much fun with each other. Lots of smiley faces and laughter.

I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the children!!

Can’t wait for the next one!!

Another carer said: “I just want to say thank you to yourself and Capstone for organising the day it was brilliant! NG had a great time as I’m sure the others did too”


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