A foster carer from Gosport has won an award for her outstanding commitment to fostering children with disabilities at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Helen Briggs was presented with the award at the annual FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards held at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square last month.
She was among 10 winners across the UK and was recognised for her dedication to fostering. The awards were presented by acclaimed poet, Lemn Sissay, who has experienced time in care, and comedian and writer Rhona Cameron who was adopted.
FosterTalk was set up to provide nationwide specialist independent support to foster carers in areas including legal and financial advice and counselling.
Helen, a foster carer with Fostering Solutions, was nominated by her supervising social worker Carla Grant for her commitment to providing children with disabilities the best possible opportunities for their development.
Helen currently cares for three children aged under eight with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Three years ago, Helen chose to care for an 18-month-old baby boy who suffers from Townes-Brock Syndrome. This little boy had spent most of his life in a hospital bed with kidney failure and had no attachment to a foster carer. He is currently waiting for a kidney transplant.
Carla explains: ‘Helen and her husband have worked incredibly hard to give this child every single opportunity for learning, development and fun.
‘Helen has an attuned approach which has created a strong and loving bond between herself and the child and has stimulated his development.
‘He has developed trust in this relationship and is relaxed in her presence. Helen’s attitude is one of self-sacrifice to ensure that this little boy receives every opportunity possible for a normal life.’
Helen said: ‘It is a privilege to win this award but more so to be able to care for these children as they bring so much fun and laughter into my life.’
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