A team of 12 supporters, foster carers and one fostered young person took part on the Great South Run in October to help raise awareness of the need for more foster carers.
Clare Maker, one of our dedicated foster carers, reported: “What an experience! I doubted my ability to finish, but at the six mile mark I saw three of my children waving which spurred me on.”
The south coast’s biggest and best running event was held on Sunday 17 October 2021, and enabled runners to 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.
Clare continued, “The atmosphere was something else; complete strangers’ cheers were genuine and motivating. As I approached the finish line, there they were again, my beautiful children. Their faces were everything!”
Nine foster carers and one fostered young person took on the 10-mile course around the city, 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 also joined the Foster Portsmouth team.
Rob Cooke, one of our two fabulous supporters who joined the Foster Portsmouth team, reported: “It was a lovely day for a run, the atmosphere was perfect!”
Rob, who ran with his daughter Lauren, son-in-law Nathan and a friend from work, Gary, continued: “This wasn’t my first Great South Run, but one I struggled with more than any other. From mile eight my legs felt like lead weights, so I ran and walked the last two miles. The finish line was a very welcome sight I must say, and the pint of cider which followed went down rather well!”
Cllr Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council, commented before the race: “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.”
Thank you to all those foster carers, supporters and our fostered young person who took on the challenge over the weekend on our behalf.
To discover more about our events, please visit: www.foster.portsmouth.gov.uk/events.