19 October 2012

A Northamptonshire foster carer who has cared for over 400 children has been chosen to take part in a national event celebrating women’s achievements.

Chris Hester, from Brackley, is one of 400 women invited to attend the 2012 Women of the Year awards and lunch in London next week (MON 22nd NOV).

Women of the Year has been celebrating achievements of women for 60 years and guests are nominated to attend on the basis of their achievements.

Earlier this year, Chris was one of three Northamptonshire foster carers chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through the county in recognition of her fostering work.

Councillor Andrew Grant, county council cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said: “Chris has been a short term foster carer for 25 years in Northamptonshire since she moved to Brackley in 1987. However, her fostering career actually began back in 1971 in London which means that Chris has helped more than 400 children and young people over her 41 years as a foster carer.

“We are hugely indebted to Chris and to others like her who provide a safety net for vulnerable children and young people. She truly is a woman of the year, every year.”

The Women of the Year Foundation was established in 2001 with the aim of helping women to fulfil their potential. The foundation is funded by donations and fundraising initiatives by those involved in the annual lunch.