Fostering Dunstable Couple Called Angels After Receiving BBC Three Counties Peoples Award

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A fostering couple from Dunstable that scooped a Gold Award at the BBC Three Counties People Awards have been called “angels” by a man previously in their care.

Fostering Dunstable Couple Called Angels After Receiving BBC Three Counties Peoples Award

Fostering Dunstable Couple Called Angels After Receiving BBC Three Counties Peoples Award

Fostering Dunstable Couple Called Angels After Receiving BBC Three Counties Peoples Award
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Fostering Dunstable Couple Called Angels After Receiving BBC Three Counties Peoples Award

A fostering couple from Dunstable that scooped a Gold Award at the BBC Three Counties People Awards have been called “angels” by a man previously in their care.

Sandra and Tim Thorne have looked after teenagers and larger sibling groups for 32 years, ensuring brothers and sisters stay together, and they were honoured for their service at an awards bash at The Grove Theatre, winning the Foster Care award after being nominated by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Fostering and Adoption Team.

But Ryan Steedman has given a glowing account of the husband and wife that welcomed him into their family, saying he believes that their care, love and dedication moulded him into the man he is today.

“I feel it is important to recognise how much they changed my life,” said Ryan who regularly visits the Thornes and keeps them up-to-date on his progress as a professional hairdresser in London.

“I think it’s extremely important to stress what these two people do isn’t seen as a job for them, it is their life.

“They show kids hope, love and a passion for life. I couldn’t think of two people more qualified to win this award. I wouldn’t call them simply foster carers, I would call them both angels.  If everyone were more like Sandra and Tim, the world would be a much kinder and more magical place.”

Fostering Dunstable Couple Called Angels After Receiving BBC Three Counties Peoples Award

Fostering Dunstable Couple Called Angels After Receiving BBC Three Counties Peoples Award

Mrs Thorne said of winning gold: “We were very surprised to get the award and collected it on behalf of all foster carers. We had a lovely time and was really nice to see the other award winners. They are the silent volunteers who do amazing things, like the lady who takes youngsters off the street back to her own home, gives them a bed and meal for the night, breakfast in the morning and then points them in the right direction. Really amazing.”

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Fostering Dunstable Couple Called Angels After Receiving BBC Three Counties Peoples Award Photo courtesy of BBC Three Counties Radio
Cllr Steve Dixon, Central Bedfordshire Council Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said: “All foster carers do an exceptional, vocational job, but to have done so for as long as Mr and Mrs Thorne is truly remarkable. They thoroughly deserve this award.

“I can’t thank them enough for the work they do in looking after young people and making a positive impact on their lives.

“I hope the Thorne’s story can help inspire more people to come forward and become foster carers, because we’re always interested in speaking to people interested in making that step. I’d urge anyone that has considered this to get in contact with our Fostering and Adoption Team by calling 0300 300 8181, emailing fostering@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or registering your interest atwww.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/fostering.”

The BBC Three Counties People Awards also saw another Central Bedfordshire foster carer, Nicky Taylor, win two bronze awards. One was in the same category as the Thorne’s, plus another for her commitment to scouting, after being nominated by her husband.


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Fostering Dunstable Couple Called Angels After Receiving BBC Three Counties Peoples Award

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