Belfast Trust Foster Carers awarded Foster Carer of the Year

16/05/2014

This year’s prestigious Foster Carer of the Year Award to Belfast Trust foster carers Margaret and Jackie Mc Carragher who have been fostering for the last 25 years

The leading foster care charity in Northern Ireland, Fostering Network, has awarded this year’s prestigious Foster Carer of the Year Award to Belfast Trust foster carers Margaret and Jackie Mc Carragher who have been fostering for the last 25 years.

The couple were presented with their award by Michelle McIlveen MLA who hosted the annual event in the Great Hall in the NI Assembly.

Margaret and Jackie were nominated by their daughter Nichola, who said: “The love, care and dedication my parents have shown to over 50 children has made such a different to so many children that I felt they deserved recognition and I am delighted they have been presented with this Award. I have personally been so inspired that I now also foster.”

Commenting on her award, foster carer Margaret said: "Looking after and getting to know the children who have come in and out of our lives over the years has been a pleasure. We feel very honoured to foster and would encourage anyone with the time and space in their home and their life to consider taking on this most rewarding role.”

The awards are part of Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from Monday 12 to Sunday 25 May. The annual campaign, run by Fostering Network, is highlighting the urgent need for 200 more foster families across Northern Ireland. If you are interested in finding out more about fostering for Belfast Trust please contact the Belfast Trust Fostering Service on 028 9504 0057 or visit www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net.