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Coventry foster carer features once more in Pride of Britain

Published Thursday, 07 November 2019

Coventry foster carer Betty McGlinchey has been recognised once more for her dedication to caring for over 1000 children and young people as a Coventry City Council foster carer.

Betty, who has fostered with the local authority for over 40 years, won the ‘Local Gong’ award in the prestigious Pride of Britain awards in 2014.

Last month Betty met again with Carol Vorderman who said meeting that Betty had always been one of her stand-out winners.

Betty captured both the hosts and audience’s hearts when she won after dancing with Bruce Forsyth and cheekily lowering her age by 10 years.

Carol Vorderman said:

“To have that level of love and compassion, that’s what makes you such a special person. I think that anyone who fosters just one child is amazing. And you’ve fostered over a thousand.”

Betty was equally delighted to meet Carol again and said:

“The whole experience has been just incredible – it’s been a complete rollercoaster of excitement and I just hope that anyone reading my story thinks about fostering and the difference you can make to young people.”

Fostering for Coventry City Council means you are providing children with a stable, positive and nurturing home.

Cllr Pat Seaman, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added:

“Betty’s dedication to fostering is truly incredible and her love for the city’s children shines through in everything she does.

“Our foster carers are all everyday people doing extraordinary things, and I’d really encourage anyone who wants to find out more about fostering to get in touch with our friendly team who can talk you through the entire process.”

Coventry needs more people to foster. People that are interested in fostering, or who want to know more about what’s required, can contact the team, apply for an information pack or get a call back on 024 7683 2828. You can also find more information on our website.


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