Foster carers and volunteers thanked

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A BRECHIN-BASED befriender was one of a number of foster carers and volunters thanked at an event staged by Angus Coucil at Forbes of Kingennie on Friday.

Convener of social work and health, Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “We are very fortunate to have a committed group of great volunteers and foster carers. There are just over 130 volunteers - including drivers, befrienders, home visitors and those who help at residential units.

“Volunteers help children and adults in many different ways - they all do a wonderful job, helping staff to deliver very good services to the local community.

“Last year our volunteer drivers travelled over 665,000 miles - more than here to the moon and back again. In Angus we currently have 60 foster families fostering approximately 120 children - and they all do a fantastic job.”

Among those honoured receiving awards from Provost Helen Oswald was Margaret Middleton, Brechin, who is retiring a befriender, who visited the elderly; David Kennedy, Montrose, a volunteer driver for 11 years who has clocked up almost 250,000 miles taking children to school and contact meetings; and Marion Winter, Montrose, a befriender who has been involved in volunteering since 1968, helping people with learning disabilities to enjoy sport, drama and organised holidays.