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Spurs players kick-start foster care campaign in Brent

PUBLISHED: 17:10 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:10 10 May 2017

Kevin Wimmer, Dennis Fazaldin (Brent foster carer), Michel Vorm, Andres Crespo (Brent Foster carer) and Harry Kane (Picture: Johnny Armstead)

Kevin Wimmer, Dennis Fazaldin (Brent foster carer), Michel Vorm, Andres Crespo (Brent Foster carer) and Harry Kane (Picture: Johnny Armstead)

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A line up of Spurs stars have kicked-started a campaign to promote fostering in Brent.

Tottenham Hotspurs players Harry Kane, Michel Vorm and Kevin Wimmer, joined forces with Brent Council to launch Foster Care Fortnight, which runs until May 21.

The campaign aims to highlight the role fostering transforms the lives of children and young people in care and encourages more people to become carers.

Brent’s fostering team are hosting pop up stalls in Wembley High Street tomorrow from 10am-5pm and on Kilburn High Street on May 17 from 10am-5pm so people can learn more about what’s involved.

Foster carers Andres Crespo and Dennis Fazaldin, brushed up their footballing skills with the Spurs players who will play their home games at Wembley Stadium next season.

Mr Crespo said: “It was great meeting the players and good to have foster carers being recognised for the work that we do. It may sound a bit strange to some but I think managing a good foster home is a bit like managing a football team. Teamwork, dedication and supporting one another, through the good times and the difficult times, is the only way we can achieve all our goals.”

Spurs strike, Harry Kane, said: “We are proud to be supporting Foster Care Fortnight 2017 in Brent. We recognise the huge impact foster carers have in helping children and young people thrive through difficult circumstances.

“At Spurs, we support a number of initiatives for young people across London and believe that it is important to provide guidance and nurture talent so that a young person, whatever their background, can achieve their aspirations.”

Onder Beter, head of permanency and Looked after children, thanked Spurs for its support adding: “It’s really important to recognise the role foster carers play in our communities. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

“There are no special qualifications needed to be a foster carer but we do need people who have the space in their homes and the skills or experience of looking after children. We particularly need more foster families for teenagers and siblings.

“If you can offer a caring, understanding home for a child, we can offer you an outstanding package of support including training, development and financial assistance. Please get in touch to start the conversation.”

For information about fostering in Brent, or to register for any events, call 020 8937 4538, email fostering@brent.gov.uk or visit www.brent.gov.uk/fostering.

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