Doncaster shining star wins at Fostering Network’s national awards

Nine year old, Troy Hughes has been awarded The Fostering Network’s national award for an ‘Outstanding Contribution by Sons and Daughters’ in London this week.

Troy scooped the prestigious award at the ceremony in London on Thursday 26 October. The award celebrates a son, daughter or sibling group, who have gone the extra mile to support their parents in providing foster care or children and young people in who are part of their foster family.

Nominated by supervising social worker Kay Cooper, Troy was commended for his mature and compassionate attitude, that of someone well beyond his years. Kay said: “Troy is the most kind, thoughtful and caring nine year old that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He is a credit to his parents and his kindness reflects the way they parent all the children in their family.”

Part of Troy’s nomination focussed on his support of one of the children his parents have recently fostered,  where he not only supported the child when they were living in the Hughes household, but also comforted her and reassured her about her new family and upcoming adoption.

Kay added: Troy has to share his parents’ time and attention more than most, with foster siblings and a brother with complex needs, but he never shows any jealousy or resentment. He welcomes children into the home with open arms, leaving one of his own teddies on the bed for when a new child arrives.”

Troy’s parents, Susan and George, have been foster carers with the Trust for nine years. Speaking about Troy’s award they said: “We’re so proud of Troy; he shows more compassion and kindness than anyone we know and plays a huge part in our fostering family. We know that children in care can be scared and worried when they come to a new foster home and Troy has done everything he can to make sure children and young people in our care are happy and settled.”

Paul Moffat, Chief Executive at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust said: “It is incredibly humbling to hear how Troy has welcomed some of our most vulnerable children and young people in to his family home and has supported them in their journey. Troy’s gestures of kindness are incredibly inspiring and I can vouch for all of us here at the Trust when I say we are extremely proud of him.”

The award was given to Troy by TOWIE stars Lydia and Debbie Bright during the ceremony. Speaking of the award, Kevin Williams, Chief Executive of The Fostering Network said: “At only nine years old, Troy is our youngest winner, but if his nomination is anything to go by he has more compassion than many adults! He welcomes new children into his home with overwhelming kindness and one of his own teddies. The sons and daughters of foster carers play such a vital role in the fostering family, and Troy is a fantastic example of that.”

If you want to find out about fostering opportunities with Trust Fostering call the friendly, local team on 0808 129 2600 or visit www.trustfostering.co.uk for more information.

 

[Pictured: Troy with his award at the ceremony in London]

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