27 May 2010

A foster carer has taken up the challenge to walk the Great Wall of China to raise money for a fostering charity.

Becky Brooks has fostered for Northamptonshire County Council for four years and wants to raise the profile of the issue by tackling the 70 mile trek.

The Northampton mother-of-two has fostered five children during her time as a foster carer and would like more people to think about offering their home to a vulnerable child.

Becky, 36, said: “My mum and dad were foster carers so I grew up in a fostering family. My husband and I were always keen to be foster carers and having had two children we wondered whether to have a third, but decided against this as we felt that we would rather give a home to a child in need.

“Our whole family finds fostering really rewarding. The children benefit from it as they understand that there are children out there that have a much greater need than they do. The support you get as a foster carer through Northamptonshire County Council is fantastic!”

Becky also has a special reason for wanting to do the walk as she was born with a dislocated hip and only recently had an operation to rectify it.

She is appealing for people to sponsor her walk, which is to raise funds for the national fostering charity, The Fostering Network.

She said: “I was born with a dislocated hip, and since having my children this became more and more painful, until I was never without pain.

“In August 2008 I had my hip resurfaced and the operation was a total success. So after a year of thinking I would never be able to walk properly again, I wanted to do something amazing with my new lease of life. Walking the Great Wall of China is something I never thought I would be able to do, and raising money for The Fostering Network while walking is an opportunity of a lifetime.”

The steep rise in the number of looked after children, while at the same time, the number of foster carers retiring, means the county council is desperate to recruit more foster carers.

Cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Andrew Grant said: "Becky is a truly inspiring woman. Not only has she overcome a physical disability to take on the challenge of walking 70 miles, she has also offered a stable and loving home to five of our vulnerable children.

“We need to make sure we don’t let this generation down and I would appeal to people to think about the difference they could make to a child’s life by becoming the next generation of foster carers.”

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Anyone interested in fostering can call the county council on 0300 126 1009 or get more information on our website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/adoptionfostering