On 27th September 2016, we proudly attended the Fostering Excellence Awards in London to celebrate the achievements of our Foster Carers, Clare & Mike Eynon and former looked after child- Charmaine.
The Fostering Excellence awards are run each year by The Fostering Network and are a chance to come together and recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of different individuals and companies across The UK. In previous years, the awards have been hosted and supported by many famous faces, including presenter Holly Willoughby and HRH Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge. Although Princess Kate could sadly not be with us at this year’s ceremony, she still sent her support and some lovely kind words for the programme. This year, the event was hosted by BBC Broadcaster and former X-Factor Star, Ashley Jean-Baptiste, along with a member of the Fostering Network Team.
We were very proud and honoured to attend the awards in support of our Foster Family, The Eynons. Clare & Mike Eynon have been Foster Carers for our Midlands region for over 6 years now and this year, along with their 11 year old daughter Becci, were chosen by The Fostering Network to receive the most prestigious ‘President’s Award’ for their contribution to Foster Care.
The day was jam packed full of laughs, tears and real celebrations as we recognised, Foster Carers, Looked after Children, Social Workers and Supporters of Foster Care from across The UK. As Ashley, who had previously been in care himself, presented the awards throughout the day – it was truly inspirational to see the amazing achievements of these outstanding individuals who in the face of great adversity, had all achieved greatness in one form or another.
When the awards weren’t being presented it was great to catch up with other members of the Fostering Community and share in their experiences – there was even The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star, Debbie Douglas in attendance – sharing her experiences of being a Foster Carer. It was also great fun to jump into the ‘Selfie Booth’ where people could have a few fun photo’s taken as memories of this wonderful day followed by a fantastic Afternoon tea.
Overall, the day was a brilliant success and we would like to thank the Fostering Network for sharing such a fantastic day with us. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Clare, Mike, Becci and Charmaine, for allowing us to share this special day with them and we would like to once again congratulate them on receiving this outstanding award. Check out the Eynon’s Awarding Video here.