Royal honour for Nottinghamshire foster carer devoted to others
A Nottinghamshire foster carer has spoken of the day she met Prince William and was awarded an MBE for her long service and dedication to fostering. Watch the video.
Cath, 67, from Mansfield, has been fostering for more than 30 years, and earlier this year was awarded the medal in the main ballroom at Buckingham Palace.
She said: “I was honoured to be named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours but I don’t think of the award being just for me, it is for all foster carers who do such an amazing job.”
Cath was out when the letter arrived with her invitation to the Palace and her husband Stuart had to ring her to come back home and read it. She said: “I was in shock and had to read it two or three times. An old friend of mine had put me forward and I was so nervous but I have enjoyed all of it. People have stopped me in the street and congratulated me. I hope this award can bring fostering to the fore and encourage more people to think about fostering.”
Cath said: “Buckingham Palace couldn’t have made us more welcome. Prince William had already spoken to around 50 other recipients but he made me feel like I was the only one in the room with his interest and his questions about fostering. It was a wonderful day.
“Fostering is part of my life and I have enjoyed it all. There have been some difficult times, but working with the young people and seeing them adapt has been very rewarding. You experience the highs and the lows but overall fostering is a very positive experience.
“We work as a team with Nottinghamshire County Council to look after the children. I would definitely recommend fostering to others.”
Councillor Tracey Taylor, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It is wonderful that Cath has been commended in this way and to receive an MBE really does raise the profile of fostering in Nottinghamshire. Cath and her husband Stuart can be rightly proud of the years of service they have given to support children and young people.”
Nottinghamshire County Council believes that everyone deserves to be loved and is currently looking to recruit around 20 foster carers across the county. It currently has 805 children and young people in foster care placements.
There are a number of fostering information events taking place in the next few weeks. A Fostering Information Evening takes place at Worksop Library, on Tuesday, June 12, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm where there is an opportunity to meet the fostering recruitment team, supervising social workers and foster carers. There are also further drop-in sessions to meet a member of the fostering recruitment team and the next is being held at Eastwood Library, on Monday, 21 May from 4pm to 6pm, followed by one at Calverton Library, on Wednesday, 6 June, from 3pm to 5pm.
For more information about fostering and forthcoming events visit: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/fostering, call 0300 5008080, or visit the Council’s fostering Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fosternotts