A REMARKABLE couple from Cleckheaton have fostered more than 50 children over the last 13 years.
Jane and Andrew Bottomley helped them all on to productive lives, including some who are now at university.
Their work has been highlighted by Kirklees Council’s fostering team – who want more more carers to come forward.
A campaign has already seen 51 new families approved as foster carers this year, the highest number ever.
But even more are needed, with the number of children needing Kirklees rising.
Jane, 45, and Andrew, 44, run a farm machinery business and have two youngsters of their own.
They still have time for a mix of long and short-term foster children, including some with complex behavioural problems.
One of the successes is Courtney Hodgson, a 19-year-old aspiring school teacher now in his second year at Newcastle University.
He said: “They welcomed me into their home on my first night and have been with me every step of the way since.
“I settled in immediately, largely because I was made to feel welcome and like one of the family right from the start.”
The couple organise camper van excursions and stock car racing trips for their foster children at weekends.
Jane said: “It’s important to make sure a child feels settled and secure. I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact this has had.
“It’s humbling to see the benefits that foster caring can bring. You can play a part in helping shape and nurture a person’s future.”
To find out more about becoming a foster carer or for more information visit kirklees.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 389 0086.