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Couple who’ve been ‘mum and dad’ to 28 East End kids get FosterTalk award

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 October 2014

Their big moment… Keith and Gertrude's FosterTalk award, with broadcaster Lorraine Pascale (far left), and Children’s Minister Edward Timpson

Their big moment… Keith and Gertrude's FosterTalk award, with broadcaster Lorraine Pascale (far left), and Children’s Minister Edward Timpson

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Gertrude and Keith Tummings have been mum and dad to nearly 30 children over the last few years.

Now they have been recognised for caring for youngsters in desperate need of human kindness.

The couple, who are foster carers with Tower Hamlets Council, won the accolade for ‘outstanding commitment to children with disabilities’ at last week’s FosterTalk awards.

They were nominated by the Town Hall for the care they give youngsters in London’s deprived East End who have complex healthcare needs.

“I have looked after 28 children during the last 18 years,” Gertrude revealed. “I don’t see their disability—only the need to care for and nurture them.”

FosterTalk received hundreds of nominations for the award, but judges said the couple were outstanding.

The couple were also praised by Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman, who said: “They have turned around the lives of so many children over the years. They deserve recognition for their love and commitment to young people.”

The awards were presented by TV chef Lorraine Pascale and Children’s Minister Edward Timpson, who both grew up in foster homes.

The Children’s minister said: “I know how vital it is for foster carers to have support when they need it, from the moment they welcome a new child into their home to the moment they leave.”

The FosterTalk awards were set up to mark the 10th anniversary of the service that gives specialist support to carers in areas such as legal and financial advice and counselling.


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