Foster carer joins ranks of ‘local heroes’

CARER Patricia Kelly-Blythe
CARER Patricia Kelly-Blythe
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A FOSTER carer has spoken of her joy at being included in a museum exhibition celebrating local heroes from all walks of life.

Patricia Kelly-Blythe, from Fareham, has been a regular foster carer for Hampshire County Council for 15 years and has looked after more than 40 children.

She is one of 20 people included in the exhibition, at Gosport Gallery, alongside Nobel Peace Prize winner Sir William Randal Cremer and jazz trumpeter Nat Gonella.

She said: ‘I was thrilled to be included in the exhibition. It also highlights fostering and I am hoping it will encourage people in Fareham and Gosport to become foster carers. I have looked after many children over the years and one particular boy who was with me for 12 years came with me to the opening of the exhibition which was very special.’

Visitors to the gallery can vote for their favourite hero until April 9. For more on fostering call 0845 603 5620 or go to