On Friday 15 April Lambeth Fostering Awards 2005 were held at Fairfield Halls to appreciate and recognise the work of Lambeth’s Foster Carers. Included in the 120 guests were foster carers who have fostered with Lambeth for up to 28 years.
Angela Wynter, actress, attended and spoke about her interest in fostering. Angela said ‘this is a topic which is close to my heart because I have a close childhood friend who is a foster carer for Lambeth and have seen the amazing and rewarding work she has done’.
Phil Howes, Assistant Director for Lambeth Children’s Services presented certificates to all Lambeth Foster Carers for the valued work they do on a daily basis.
Amongst the awards presented was one for retiring foster carer Ben Cahill. Mr Cahill has been a Lambeth Foster Carer for over 14 years. He has found the experience to be challenging but very
fulfilling, and describes his greatest achievement as seeing his fostered child develop both inwardly and outwardly.
Not only has Mr Cahill fostered a child with a severe learning and physical disability, he has also adopted a child, and has five other children as well. He runs his own charity, Angerley Across Charity, which organises holidays for children with disabilities to the south of France in a customised coach.
And he still finds time to run at least one marathon every year, having done so since 1999.