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29 September 2021

Council honours long serving foster carers at awards ceremonies

Long serving foster carers from Cumbria were recognised for their dedication and commitment to caring for children at ceremonies held in the north and south of the county by Cumbria County Council this week and last.

Cumbria County Council’s Foster Carer Long Service Awards took place at Greenhills Hotel on Monday 20 September and at Furness College on Monday 27 September and honoured 62 fostering households who received awards for long service in 2020 and 2021.

Between them the foster carers hornoured, who have devoted between five and 45 years to fostering, have given a remarkable total of 895 years of care to children across Cumbria.

During the events attended by Executive Director of Children’s Services John Readman, Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, and Cllr Marjorie Rae, Scrutiny Advisory Board Children and Young People, foster carers were presented with gifts and a certificate by their fostering service team managers, before enjoying lunch with members of the Children’s Services team.

Yvonne Tobin, from Carlisle, received an award for 25 years of service as a foster carer with Cumbria County Council. She said:“I think it is absolutely wonderful that Cumbria County Council do this for their foster carers. Fostering can be very challenging, rewarding but challenging, so it is lovely to have an event that is just for us as carers and to have this recognition of what we do.

“I absolutely love fostering and love that I can help children and see them blossom and move on. It’s never been a job to me, it’s a way of life and there’s nothing else I’d rather do. As long as I can walk and talk and see to my children I will never stop fostering.”

Margaret and Norman Blackburn, from Maryport, also received an award for 25 years of fostering. Margaret said:“When we first started fostering, the first child we cared for was a six-month-old baby boy and he turns 25 soon! Since then we’ve fostered children of all ages and it’s something we’ve always enjoyed.

“The reward is seeing the change in the children but it is also really nice to get an award too, as it gives you the knowledge that people do recognise what you do.”

Chris and Heather Torkington, from Barrow, received an award for 10 years of fostering with Cumbria County Council. Heather said:“It is lovely to be appreciated in this way. It is hard to believe we have been fostering for 10 years! We just take each day as it comes and time has gone on and we are still really enjoying it. I can’t imagine not fostering in  another 10 years time.”

Executive Director of Children's Services, John Readman, who attended the ceremony in Barrow, said in his speech at the awards:  "As a corporate parent we entrust some of the county’s most vulnerable youngsters into your care, in the knowledge you will provide every child with a safe, secure and stable home and, just as importantly, with care and affection for however long these children need it.

"We are committed to providing the highest standard of care to our looked after children and so it is important to us to show just how much we value the immense contribution made by you, our carers.”

Cumbria County Council urgently needs more foster carers for children of all ages and would love to hear from people who can offer loving homes to local children.

For more information about fostering with Cumbria County Council visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/fostering


Heather and Chris


Margaret and Norman Blackburn


Yvonne Tobin

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Long serving foster carers from Cumbria were recognised for their dedication and commitment to caring for children at ceremonies held in the north and south of the county by Cumbria County Council this week and last.