Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Biking for Children In Care



I am sorry the blog has been a bit neglected in June. For some of the time I have been off cycling 250 miles to raise money for the Who Cares? Trust with Biking for Children in Care 2009 - in the Loire Valley. This is the 4th year I have joined the team which has raised a fantastic £290,000 to put towards improving the lives of children in care. I was in great company as usual as the picture shows - Judy Bishton, Barbara Hopkin, Deborah Marsden, Claire Holland, Kate Tindale and myself were the family lawyer contingent. The whole group numbered about 50 and included many Cafcass Officers & Guardians, our friends, family, judges as well as psych on a bike Cosmo Hallstrom - and if they weren't cycling they were in the support team who fed us and made sure we had water and rescued us from breakdowns. We set a record this year (unintentionally) by cycling 90 miles in one day!

At any one time there are at least 74,000 children separated from their families living in residential or foster care. The Who Cares? Trust was established in 1992 to help address the needs of these children. They work to improve their day to day lives and to ensure every child in care receives the support they need to enjoy life and achieve. They are best known for Who Cares? Magazine which reaches 25,000 young people in care every quarter. Current activities also include projects to help improve the employment opportunities and educational attainment of children in care.

Last year the Biking for Children in Care event raised over £40,000 for a project to help foster carers and residential care workers to better support the children in their care and help them make informed decisions about education that will improve their life outcomes. This year money raised from the event will support a highly important project which will improve the literacy skills of children in care and help them express themselves through creative writing and will also support the general running costs of the charity.

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