Thurrock’s foster carers celebrate long service at special ceremony

PHOTOGRAPH BY DANIEL JONES 2019 07815 853503 [email protected]

Long-serving foster carers have been honoured at an exclusive event to mark years of inspirational work helping children in Thurrock.

On Saturday 19 January, 100 guests, including Deputy Mayor Cllr Piccolo and Cllr Little, attended a fostering celebration event held at Orsett Hall. Long service awards were presented to foster carers who have clocked up five-plus years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 40 years of fostering children within the borough.

Among those recognised at the celebration were Thurrock’s two longest service foster carers – Blosmin Sutherland who has reached 20 years’ service, and Jan Parker, who has attained 40 years’ service. Both were congratulated on their staggering commitment at the event.

Cllr Little, Portfolio Holder for Children and Adult Social Care, said: “Fostering takes dedication and our foster carers have demonstrated this through their many years of service helping children and young people in our community.

“I’d like to thank all our foster carers for everything they do. Your commitment does not go unnoticed and this celebration event is a small way of saying thank you.”

Have you thought about fostering? The fostering team at Thurrock Council is always keen to hear from new or experienced carers. Email [email protected] or call 0800 652 1256 (freephone). Alternatively, attend an open evening, weekend event or drop-in session to speak to a member of the team. To find out more about fostering and how you can make a difference visit


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