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Foster carers take on the Great South Run challenge


Foster Portsmouth has secured places in this month’s Great South Run for 10 of our dedicated foster carers and young people in their care.


The south coast’s biggest and best running event on Sunday 17 October 2021, will take in all the sights and sounds of Portsmouth. These include the naval base and historic dockyard with the Spinnaker Tower soaring above, the city’s cathedral, naval memorial and Canoe Lake along our esplanades, and the glorious seafront finish at Southsea Castle and the D-Day Museum 


Nine foster carers and one fostered young person will take on the 10-mile course around our city, wearing one of our branded t-shirts to help us raise awareness of Foster Portsmouth and the need for additional foster carers from diverse backgrounds to provide a safe home for the vulnerable children and young people in Portsmouth. A further two supporters who secured their own places in the event will be joining the Foster Portsmouth team and will run in our brand colours.


Ruth Jones, who along with husband Glen, is running for the Foster Portsmouth team and has fostered with Portsmouth City Council for 6 years reported:


“Glen runs marathons but is planning a personal best time for this year’s Great South Run so has still been training hard to work up his speed. The course will be a bit more of a challenge for me as the furthest I’ve run so far in training is 6 miles, though I do that weekly.”


Ruth, who has completed the event for Foster Portsmouth in previous years, continued:


“I completed Walk the Wight a few weeks ago in training, but that took me over 4 days to recover from due to its demanding terrain! However, it is great to have something to aim for and the Great South Run is a fantastic opportunity to help raise the profile of Foster Portsmouth and the necessary recruitment of additional foster families.”


Cllr Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council, commented:


“Not only are our foster carers dedicated to the wellbeing of the children and young people in their care, but their support for the service and help raising awareness of the necessity to secure further stable homes for those in need is second to none.”


Cllr Horton continued,


“It is also wonderful to see one of our fostered young people embracing the challenge of this national event and I wish all of the Foster Portsmouth team the very best of luck!”


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