Local foster carer, Rejhan Sylejmani is taking part in a challenge to trek the Great Wall of China and raise vital funds for UK charity, the Fostering Network.

On Oct 22 she will join a team of 30 foster carers and supporters on the 10 day trek, which she hopes will also spread the urgent message that we must recruit and retain more foster carers to look after society’s most vulnerable children.

Right now, foster carers are caring for 54,000 children across the UK. The care system is under huge pressure due to the continuing rise in children needing foster homes following the death of Baby Peter and the chronic shortage of foster carers.

Many of these children have been abused or neglected. They may have a disability which their parents struggle to cope with. Foster care provides these vulnerable children with the support and stability they need, helping to ensure that their traumatic start in life does not lead to problems in adulthood.

Fostering network provide training, advice, information and support, and make sure the views of children and young people are heard and respected throughout the care system.

Please support Rejhan in her efforts. To make a donation or learn more about her challenge and the cause visit: www.justgiving.com/Rejhan-Sylejmani