Foster carers set to light up towns

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Three kind-hearted foster carers will carry the Olympic torch as it makes its way through parts of the north of the county.

The torch will come to the area on Monday, July 2. Christine Hester will carry the torch on part of the route through Wellingborough and Alex van Vliet, of Lodge Way, Irthlingborough, and Sue Miller, of Keld Close, Corby, will carry the torch as it goes through Corby.

Mrs Hester, 65, of Brackley, has been fostering for 40 years and has looked after more than 300 children. She was nominated to be a torchbearer by her daughter Karen.

Mrs Hester said: “It’s an honour. With the fostering, I don’t expect any rewards at all, the children are my reward, it’s very rewarding to do fostering. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t do it. I absolutely love it.”

Ms Miller, 61, was nominated by her son Neil for the torchbearer role. She has been fostering for almost 15 years and said she was thrilled to be a torchbearer in her hometown.

She said: “I’m so proud, I just love my town.”

Ms Miller is also an endurance runner. She has run two London marathons and lots of half marathons to raise cash for charity. Mr van Vliet, 38, has been fostering youngsters with his wife Vikki for nearly three years. He is also a keen swimmer and has raised lots of money for charity through swimming.

He said being a foster parent had changed his life. He said: “I would encourage any family thinking about doing it to go for it.”

The trio are all Northamptonshire County Council foster carers.