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Knockout fostering team boost Samantha’s charity

29 November 2017

Save Samantha cheque.

Staff from the council's fostering team completed a knockout challenge to raise over £700 for lifesaving treatment.

Samantha Smith's parents, Joanne and Phil, have been council foster carers for the past five years. Through their work the council's fostering team became aware of Samantha's struggle with a rare health condition and offered their support.

Fostering team staff raised £722 by competing in an It's a Knockout challenge at Falinge Park and the team were delighted that Samantha was recently able to visit them, in-between treatment, to be presented with her cheque.

Samantha, 31, from Smithy Bridge, is raising money for life saving treatment for her Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) that she suffers from. 

Councillor Donna Martin, cabinet member for children's services, said: "This is a lovely gesture from our fostering team and a contribution that will go a long way to Samantha's charity."

'We both love our role as foster carers and the support from the council in that role is great'

Samantha's parents, Joanne and Phil, said: "We are so grateful to the fostering team for their fund raising efforts. We both love our role as foster carers and the support from the council in that role is great but for them to take on some fundraising for Samantha is so heart-warming."

Tracey Johnson, fostering recruitment manager at the council, said: "We are very proud of the support and relationships we build with our foster carers and we know what Joanne and Phil are going through with Samantha so we wanted to show our support."

If, like Joanne and Phil, you are interested in becoming a foster carer and would like to find out more information then visit fostering which has more details, information about events are at and real life experiences from some our current foster carers.