Following nomination from the Lord-Lieutenant, two foster carers from Warwickshire were invited to attend the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of their hard work and dedication to children in foster care throughout Warwickshire.
Sue and Duncan Grummett have been foster carers with Warwickshire County Council for 24 years and were nominated to the Lord-Lieutenant for their continued dedication to the service. To date they have cared for over 32 foster children, including siblings, from young children to teenagers in a range of placements including short term placements, respite care and long term placements.
Sue Grummett said:
“Fostering has always been really important for us, we made the decision to foster so we could help Warwickshire children in care find support and a stable environment in which they can grow and develop.
“When we foster each child, we always try to work closely with them to help them get the correct education provision and relevant psychological support for their needs. Each person we foster is really important to us and knowing we are able to make a difference to their lives is a great privilege.”
Councillor Morgan, portfolio holder for Children’s Services at Warwickshire County Council, said:
“Sue and Duncan Grummett have demonstrated a strong and continued dedication to the children of Warwickshire County Council fostering service.
“Their invitation to the Garden Party is a fantastic reward for their commitment to their community.
“Throughout their 24 years with WCC fostering services, they have had numerous placements and have shown equal care, support and attention to all their foster children. Their own children have always been a very positive influence and their fostering is a family affair.
“Sue is extremely professional and her skills have been drawn upon for training, recruitment and to buddy and mentor other foster carers. Regardless of the challenges presented to Sue and Duncan, they continue to be child focused and retain their sense of humour.”
Each summer, The Queen hosts three Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace and one at the Palace of Holyrood in Scotland. The Garden Parties are an opportunity to recognise and reward public service. Nominations for invitations to the party are made through an established network of sponsors, such as, Lord-lieutenants, Societies and Associations, Government Departments, Local Government and so forth and are an opportunity to show recognition to people who have made a positive impact in their community.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Fostering for Warwickshire, visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering