Royal occasion for foster carers
Congratulations to Islington foster carers Anjana and Krushnah Appiah who recently received their MBEs from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
The couple were honoured in the New Year Honours list for their years of care for children and support for other foster carers.
Mrs Appiah said: “When we first heard the news we were shocked, but it was a pleasant surprise. 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! The staff at the palace were very warm and friendly which helped put us at ease.”
Mr and Mrs Appiah are dedicated and highly experienced carers who began fostering in 2003. They have cared for 12 children of all backgrounds and religions, and have looked after babies and young local children with disabilities and long-term heath issues.
Mrs Appiah said: “Watching a friend foster made me want to do it as well. My children had grown up and so I thought I could offer some vulnerable children a home.
“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.”