Our Devon carers Lisa, Kevin and their foster child A recently took part in the 5k ‘Race for Life’ in Barnstaple.

The cause is one that’s close to A’s heart having lost two members of her family to cancer over the last year.

Whilst the day was emotional it was fun too and when asked about the run Lisa said:

“A was amazing! She wore a sign saying: For Julie and Grandad. I miss you. Love lots A’.

When I explained what we were about to do she said “OMG! 5 whole km? Is that long?”. She was determined to run the whole way and she did so with a smile on her face!

We had a lovely day, it was emotional, but the atmosphere was inspiring. It was lovely to see her obviously feeling proud of her achievement.

Alica had sent a text to our friends and family – I’m in the race for life today because I miss my Auntie and my Grandad. Let’s beat cancer! Thank you, A xxx.

A raised an amazing £280.00 + £36.25 gift aid and would love to raise more for this great cause.”

As a family Lisa, Kevin and A raised a whopping £695.00 + £95.00 gift aid in total thanks to the generosity of their family and friends. Incredible!

On 1st July 2019, one our carer Barbie, along with friends and colleagues hosted an Afternoon Tea for Breast Cancer Care as part of a national campaign which is taking place in July across the country.

Barbie’s birth daughter is one of the fortunate ones, she was correctly diagnosed, given the best treatment, care and support and continues to BEAT breast cancer.

The afternoon was not only blessed with beautiful sunshine but also over 100 people came and sat in Barbie’s garden in Market Lavington to drink tea, eat cake and scones.

Cllr. Gamble who attended with his wife called it a fantastic afternoon and was genuinely impressed by the support that was given to the event.

Most generously local supermarkets gave their support by donating all the provisions required for the event and local businesses immediately responded with gifts and vouchers for the raffle. Capstone Foster Care supported on the day contributing to the final fund raising total.

The hosts were staggered by the support and over £1,000 was raised on the day. On top of that the JustGiving site raised nearly £800 from all those that were unable to attend for one reason or another.

Barbie said:

“We just can’t thank everyone enough for all the help we received to make this afternoon a massive success.”

My name is Lara, I am a currently studying Social Work at Plymouth University and Capstone Foster Care has been my final practice placement. At Capstone I have been made to feel valued and part of the team, while encouraged to develop my knowledge around attachment and the effects of childhood trauma.

The priority at Capstone is improving the lives of children and young people through finding them stable and nurturing placements. I have had the opportunity to take part in the many training opportunities offered to staff and foster carers, on a variety of subjects to support reparative parenting.

A highlight of my time at Capstone has been working with our foster carers and the young people they support. I have enjoyed meeting talented, resilient young people who are achieving their goals and making plans for their futures.

Through a lot of hard work, commitment and compassion foster carers are providing children with a nurturing environment in which children and young people can thrive. Working with a team of child-focussed social workers and foster carers has been a fantastic opportunity in my professional development.

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