An eight-year-old from Northampton has been honoured for the role he plays in supporting foster children.
Marky Davis, whose grandparents Mark and Susan Beeby have been foster carers for Northamptonshire County Council for eight years, has been recognised by national charity the Fostering Network with a Fostering Sons and Daughters Award.
He received his certificate after his granddad wrote to the Fostering Network to tell them about Marky’s efforts to make their foster children feel at home.
Mark said: “Marky has had to undergo a traumatic start in his life having been born with craniosinostosis which resulted in major reconstructive surgery on his head on his second birthday. Despite this, he has recovered fully and is an absolute godsend helping with the children we foster.
“When the children arrive, he is always the first to come and meet them. As many do not really know how to play, he soon has them taking part in his many different forms of imaginative play and helps every one of them settle into our home.
“He is very sad when the children leave and has remained in contact with some of them, who he now meets up with a couple of times a year. We are very proud grandparents.”
The Fostering Network’s Sons and Daughters Awards are given to the birth and adopted children of foster carers in recognition of the important role they play in supporting young people and children in foster care.
Cllr Heather Smith, deputy leader and county council cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This is a wonderful award for Marky, who is a credit to his grandparents and to the council’s fostering service.
“Being placed with a new family can be a very difficult time for foster children, and the birth children of our foster carers can make a huge difference in helping them to feel at home. Children like Marky truly are the unsung heroes of fostering.”
Find out more about fostering
Northamptonshire County Council is currently looking to recruit more foster carers. To find out more, visit the council’s website www.fosterme.co.uk.