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IN PICTURES: 25 Montrose parkrun shots as Angus foster carers step out to raise awareness of rewarding role

Peter Greig and Andrea Johnston were taking part in their 50th parkrun. Pic: Steve Brown/DCT Media.
Peter Greig and Andrea Johnston were taking part in their 50th parkrun. Pic: Steve Brown/DCT Media.

Angus foster carers stepped up to encourage others to consider the rewarding role – by hot footing it to Montrose parkrun.

There are already 65 foster carers in Angus.

But with 73 youngsters in full-time placements there is still a desperate need for more people to come forward to help some of the area’s most vulnerable young people.

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Angus fostering and adoption staff and volunteers at the Montrose parkrun. Pic: Steve Brown/DC Thomson.

So the popular Saturday parkrun was seen as the ideal opportunity to get the message out during Foster Care Fortnight.

Council fostering service staff and foster carers helped out as volunteers at the parkrun.

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Volunteers at the event. Pic: Steve Brown/DC Thomson.

It’s one of three weekly events in Angus which have seen the area join the parkrun craze sweeping the country.

And some even took on the 5k challenge.

The sun-kissed event was a huge success.

And it will be followed up with an online council information event on Wednesday at 10am, 2pm and 6pm.

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Graeme and Elaine Allan with children Brooke, 5, and Margot, 2, at the parkrun. Pic: Steve Brown/DC Thomson.

Couple say it’s a rewarding role

Jim and Lorraine Dorward have been foster carers with Angus Council for seven years.

They say it’s been a rewarding experience.

“We started fostering because we thought we could give kids a nice home and a place to come to feel safe,” they said.

“It’s great to see the kids enjoy themselves, whether it’s when we’re taking the dog for a walk, going to the park, swimming – all the things we do together to make them feel at home.

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Fostering and adoption service staff and volunteers also took part. Pic: Steve Brown/DC Thomson.

“It’s challenging but we get a lot of satisfaction from caring for children.

They said: “It’s very rewarding and worthwhile.”

Angus chief social work officer Kathryn Lindsay says the council is keen to highlight the support it can offer.

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Four-legged friends joined in the fun. Pic: Steve Brown/DC Thomson.

“Foster care doesn’t just transform the lives of the young people, it can change the lives of foster carers, their families and all those involved in fostering,” said Kathryn.

“Our foster carers do an amazing job not just supporting our children in Angus but supporting each other.”

You can find out more at www.angus.gov.uk/fosteringandadoption or contact the team on 01241 464646.

More pictures by photographer Steve Brown of the Montrose parkrun.

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The start of the parkrun.
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Setting off on the 5k parkrun.
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Crossing the finish line.
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Kathleen Lyons, 71, from Carnoustie won a spot prize as the 50th runner across the line.
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Jennifer Wetton from Stirling was first across the line.
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Alison Smith with tasty treats for the parkrunners.
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The parkrun enjoys great support.
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Crossing the finish line.
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Peter Greig (50th run), Ian Paterson (100th run) and Andrea Johnston (50th run) at the Montrose event.
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Moira Raffan and Graeme Thomson took part and promoted the work of Angus fostering and adoption service.
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Completing the 5k.
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The field sets off.
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89-year-old Denis Rice has volunteered at more than 170 parkruns and is affectionately nicknamed ‘The Token Master’.
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All smiles at the finish.
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Fostering and adoption volunteers at the parkrun.
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Setting up the course.
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The competitors set off.
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An information stand was set up at the event.
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On the way round the 5k route.

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