Meet Gill & Keith, they’ve been fostering young people for 32 years
We’d like to tell you about our friends Keith and Gill
Some of our Fostering North Yorkshire team went to Coxwold to celebrate Keith and Gill Burn’s achievements – and to say a huge thank you to them for their 32 years of caring for some of the county’s young people.
Keith and Gill are retiring from our fostering service. They’ve played an essential part in providing this service and we really want to take this opportunity to thank them for the huge contribution they have made.
We’ve always appreciated the way they’ve bonded with each child they fostered, embracing them as part of their own family, supporting and championing them, just as they’ve done with their own children.
Gill told us that “Every young person we fostered became part of our family. We’re still in touch and involved with so many of them, so it almost feels like we’re moving to another phase of fostering rather than leaving fostering.
“Our first foster child is 40 this month. We’ll be having a shared birthday celebration with him and my mum, who has reached the grand age of 80. And we fostered a boy for 12 years- he’s now grown up and living in California, but kept his promise to take mum to Claridges for tea on her 80th birthday just last week, which was just lovely!”
Keith described the couple’s decision to retire as one of the hardest they have had to make, but said: “Although we’ve worked hard to help some of our foster children through difficult times in their lives, we’ve had some wonderful rewards too and we want to take the opportunity to thank everyone in the FNY team for the opportunity to work with them all over the past 32 years.
“Our lives will be forever richer from the experience, as we feel we’ve received every bit as much as we have given.”
It will not be all rest and relaxation for Keith and Gill though. They will be kept busy with their four grandchildren, who are all under school age, their adopted daughter and running their busy farm and campsite.