Best of British!!!

Best of British!!!

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Old friends, new friends and lots of children running around excitedly together – I had the pleasure of photographing them all, as over 200 adults and children met up recently for a fantastic celebration day for kinship carers in Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes.  It was organized by Grandparents plus, which is a national charity that champions the role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives, particularly when they take on the role as carers for children in difficult family circumstances.  Grandparents or other relatives often step into provide care for children whose parents may be affected by drug or alcohol abuse, imprisonment or domestic violence.  These carers are usually at a time in their lives when they have not expected to take on additional responsibilities and can struggle with stress, isolation and poverty, as they often receive little financial support and are afraid to ask for help for fear of losing the children they love. There has been a lot of talk in this jubilee and Olympic year about the “best of British” and I think for that you need look no further than the amazing people I met – so many of them at retirement age or well past it caring for one, two or three young children, sometimes with special needs as well.  Grandparents plus has been nominated for a National Lottery good cause award and you can show your support by voting for them here

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