A heart of gold

Faith in hu­man­ity is re­stored

Yorkshire Post - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

FAITH IN hu­man­ity is rein­vig­o­rated by the na­tional recognition which has been given to the re­mark­able Lor­raine Long who has been awarded a MBE for her work as a foster carer.

Few such awards have been more de­serv­ing and the warm-hearted 59-yearold from Tin­g­ley is the type of un­sung hero­ine who should be cel­e­brated for their per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety.

Even though she en­dured a trau­matic child­hood that left her home­less at one point, she started fos­ter­ing at the age of 21 and has – in sub­se­quent years – now cared for up to 600 young peo­ple who needed shel­ter, and a lov­ing hand to hold, be­cause of their own chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances.

To quote univer­sity grad­u­ate Sean Dir­rane who runs his own com­pany af­ter hav­ing his life trans­formed by this ex­tra­or­di­nary foster carer: “Lor­raine showed love where I had lost hope.”

They are truly heart­warm­ing words that also put the work of all such car­ers into con­text.

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