Introducing Demi

Demi is a 15 year old birth child of foster carers Natalie and Simon who have been foster carers for over 6 years. Demi has been very involved in the fostering experience and shared her perspective of fostering in a poem that she wrote for Capstone which you can read here. Demi talks about the process of fostering and how it affects the children of foster carers, which can sometimes be a missed perspective. Fostering has affected Demi in many ways and one of the benefits to Demi and her family is the compassion that it has installed in Demi.

World Challenge to Malawi

Demi would now like to reach out to children further afield and is going on a trip to Malawi in Summer 2016. Part of her expedition will include charity work where she will be digging a water well, as well as teaching children in an orphanage. To support Demi, Capstone have agreed to sponsor part of her trip and support her fundraising efforts.  You can follow Demi’s progress on her Facebook page.

If you would also like to sponsor Demi, you can click here to donate via her World Challenge fundraising page: Get Demi to Malawi.

Demi has said that any donation will help. Over 5000 people have seen her poem on Facebook and if each person had given 20p – she would have made a massive £1000, so every penny counts!

Demi’s Vlog

Demi has also started a video blog to share her experiences of a birth child in a fostering family and we will be posting these regularly on this page, and on social media too. In Demi’s first blog she talks about fostering and how her experience of supporting young people has shaped her response to the killing of Cecil the Lion. We think she makes some excellent points – and this is a great first video blog from Demi!

Demi is the daughter of Capstone foster carers Natalie and Simon. She is 15 years old and has experienced a fostering family lifestyle. Demi has shared this poem to demonstrate what life is like for the birth children of those who foster.


Julia-race-3-256x300Julia Todd from Capstone Foster Care participated in the Race for Life in Solihull to raise funds for Cancer Research.
Julia was joined on the day by friends and family who cheered her on. “Our aim was to walk the 5k in under an hour, we just made it in 59 minutes. We’d stopped to chat to people along the way and had to run the last bit to finish in time!”

Julia was joined by four friends who completed the race with her and between them they have raised £1000 so far. Over 2,300 people participated in the race in Malvern Park, and the organisers are expecting to raise over £175,000.

In August 2014, Julia was diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks she had undergone surgery. Julia has had six months of chemotherapy and is now receiving radiotherapy treatment.

Julia said; “People think I’ve done well, but it’s been very hard. I’ve had lots of support from friends and family. My faith and support in my local parish church in Knowle has really helped me get through this.”

“I did the Race for Life because the money we’re raising will go towards research. I’ve read somewhere that by 2050 they may find a cure. It seems like a long time away but it’s better than nothing. I hope one day they will find a cure to stop this awful suffering – to beat Cancer.”

Julia-race-1Julia added; “I didn’t know how I’d feel on the day of the race, but I was really touched by everyone who had been affected.”

Julia’s husband, Andrew said; “It was a very moving experience to see so many people involved, all affected by cancer in one way or another.”

Julia is still collecting funds for the race, if you would like to make a donation you can find her Just Giving page here:

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