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Editor's Viewpoint: Deserved award for foster carers making a difference

It takes a special kind of person to become a foster carer, and to be judged the best in Northern Ireland is a magnificent accolade. As well as rearing their own family of four, Patricia and Colm Gray of Draperstown, Co Londonderry, have helped care for 37 people over the 11 years they have been doing this job.

Foster carers - there are more than 2,000 of them in the province - offer respite to a wide range of children, from toddlers to teenagers, from the problems that face them.

Giving them some stability and a glimpse of a different way of life can make a huge difference to the young people and perhaps be the first step on a more hopeful road to, and through, adulthood.

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