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Foster couple at the Palace!

‘Richly deserved’ MBE gongs for pair’s years of caring

24 February, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Anjana and Krushnah Appiah with their MBEs at Buckingham Palace

AN Islington couple have had their big day out at Buckingham Palace as they picked up “richly deserved” gongs for services to fostering.

Anjana and Krushnah Appiah were made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours in recognition of their years of care for children and support for other foster carers.

Since 2003, the couple have fostered 12 Islington children of differing backgrounds and religions, including children with disabilities. They have looked after babies and young children with disabilities and long-term heath issues, and mentored new foster carers.

Accompanied by their family and fostering social worker Carmen Graham, the couple visited the Palace last Friday to receive their MBEs from Prince Charles.

Ms Appiah said: “We were not aware these awards were given to foster carers. Being at the Palace was amazing and felt surreal, but we were very nervous.

“For us fostering has been a rewarding experience, watching sick children get better with our care and love and seeing babies grow into toddlers and move on to adoption.

“We feel that we were able to offer them a good start to their childhood and help build their character.

“We would recommend fostering. Watching a child grow and develop is a blessed experience for me.”

Councillor Joe Caluori, Islington Council’s executive member for children and young people, said: “We’re very grateful for their years of service, and they richly deserve these honours.”

The Town Hall has in recent years repeatedly appealed for new families to offer a caring home for some of the most vulnerable young people. For more information about foster caring, call 0800 073 0428 or email fostering@islington.gov.uk

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