Mark Slater, a foster carer for over 14 years has once again reached new heights – this time, by climbing Mount Toubkal for a local cause. Sporting his green fostering t-shirt on his travels, Mark’s mission is to raise enough funds to provide fun and educational activities for children in care.
Mark plays an important role, not only as a loving foster carer but also as a member of the Barnsley Foster Carer Association. Established in 1975, the association is made up of foster carers who have been approved by Barnsley Council, who aim to improve the experience of care and promote good practices within the fostering community.
So far, Mark has raised an incredible £850 towards the Barnsley Foster Carer Association fund which will be used for activities including the pantomime, bowling, amusement parks, and annual Halloween and Christmas parties for children in care to do together alongside other fostering households. You can find the full story on the Just Giving page.
Mark Slater, said: “Often children in care have not had the same life chances and experiences that other children have had. The funds raised will go towards providing educational and fun activities for our children and young people. This is particularly beneficial as these activities mean they can meet other children and young people who are in similar situations to themselves; it gives the children and young people a sense of community spirit and wellbeing, boosts their confidence and helps them to thrive and move forward in life.
“In these difficult times, it is more important than ever that the most vulnerable children in society that may not have had the best start in life are given the best opportunity to thrive and develop. So, we are asking for your support to continue to provide activities and events that the children will enjoy.”
Councillor Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children's Services, said: “It’s heartwarming to see the community spirit and devotion from our foster carers who give so much to Barnsley’s children and young people. It’s a fantastic achievement and Mark should be especially proud of himself, as we all are, for his commitment to the fostering community.”
Anyone with room in their home can foster. Our carers get high-level support and training as part of our local fostering community. Get in touch with our friendly team on our fostering page or call (01226) 775876.