YEP says: MBE for Tingley foster carer Lorraine Long is so well deserved

Lorraine and Philip Long
Lorraine and Philip Long
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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-year-old is precisely the type of unsung her 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.

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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.”

He said: “She was consistent when I had always experienced inconsistency, she was warm and approachable when I had always been fearful of adults.”

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

Fostering certainly needs more people like Lorraine - and our honours system does too.

Congratulations to her and thank you for being there for those that needed you.

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