Fos­ter­ing - putting the magic back into Christ­mas

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

Christ­mas is a mag­i­cal time for chil­dren from the ex­cite­ment of putting baubles on the tree to search­ing the night sky for Santa’s sleigh. There is also the joy of leav­ing a car­rot for Ru­dolph and a glass of milk for Santa on Christ­mas Eve… the list is end­less. But, as many peo­ple with chil­dren will un­der­stand, some of this magic be­gins to fade as they grow older. This was the case for Moyra and Peter Pater­son from Camp­bel­town. ‘We have five grown-up chil­dren between us and, al­though I truly trea­sure the time we spend to­gether over Christ­mas, it’s not the same as when they were lit­tle,’ said Moyra. This year is dif­fer­ent, how­ever, as the cou­ple have be­come fos­ter par­ents and have a young child in their care. Moyra said: ‘It’s fan­tas­tic – the whole house is filled with an air of ex­cite­ment. ‘Ev­ery morn­ing there’s a door on the ad­vent cal­en­dar to open, our tree has dec­o­ra­tions hang­ing on it that the lit­tle one made at nurs­ery and we’ve writ­ten a let­ter to Santa. ‘We’ve also got the nurs­ery Christ­mas con­cert to look for­ward to. These are truly spe­cial times and I’m de­lighted that we get to make a dif­fer­ence to this lit­tle one’s life. ‘We’re mak­ing spe­cial mem­o­ries – mem­o­ries that will last a life­time, and the joy that we get out of fos­ter­ing and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to young peo­ple’s lives can’t be un­der­es­ti­mated. ‘Fos­ter­ing is one of the best de­ci­sions we’ve ever made. I’d urge any­one con­sid­er­ing ap­ply­ing to get in touch with the coun­cil’s fos­ter­ing team.’ To find out how to help make a dif­fer­ence to a young per­son’s life, visit: www.ar­gyll-bute.gov.uk/ so­cial- care-and-health/ fos­ter­ing

Moyra Pater­son in fes­tive spirit.

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