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They did it! Foster team collects blisters - and £300 for charity

29 May 2018 | CFC News

They piled on the blisters, but a trio of staff from Community Foster Care in Cumbria raised more than £300 when they walked 14 miles for charity.

Placement Support Worker Viv Gibson, Supervising Social Worker Loren Hannah and student Joanna Tatton stepped out to raise money for the Give Us a Break 2010 charity which aims to open a short break centre for children with disabilities, called the RaynorShine Centre.

They set off from the CFC offices in Peart Road, Workington and headed for the Maryport Wave Centre. They got back to the start point less than five hours later.

“The worst part was the heat and the blisters,” said Viv. “But it was a great feeling at the end to have been part of something that you know will benefit others.”

Community Foster Care is a not-for-profit agency, based in Workington. It provides foster carers for children all over Cumbria and Lancashire.

“We’re a local charity ourselves and feel it’s important that we all support each other,” said Loren.

“We also understand the need for respite care and support for families who care for children with physical and learning disabilities as we’ve had experience of working with young people and their families with similar needs. The RaynorShine Centre is a fantastic cause and we want to help in any way we can."

The aim of the RaynorShine Centre is to provide short break facilities to support children with disabilities and their families. The charity Give us a Break 2010 has earmarked a location for the new centre. Funds are still needed to buy the property and to get the accommodation ready to accept disabled children for overnight stays and activity sessions.

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