Foster carers enjoy walking with alpacas during Foster Care Fortnight

Cumbria Crack
By: Cumbria Crack
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Photo Caption: Terry and Emma
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During Foster Care Fortnight Cumbria County Council are happy to announce that local business, Alpacaly Ever After, based on the Lingholm Estate near Keswick, is offering a 30 per cent discount on all of its activities to members of fostering households.

Run by Terry Barlow and Emma Smalley, Alpacaly Ever After, offers a ‘walking with alpacas’ experience to visitors to the Lakes. Emma said: “We are a social enterprise so we are very keen that foster children, foster families and children in residential care homes can access the calming and therapeutic benefits of these unusual and wonderful animals.”

Earlier this week during Foster Care Fortnight,which runs until May 27, two of the county council’s foster care families from Cumbria attended the launch of the discount scheme and experienced first-hand the benefits of getting close to the alapcas, a South American animal similar to llamas.

Tanya Pears has fostered for Cumbria County Council for three and a half years and has seen around 20 children pass through her home.  Tanya, who attended the launch event with her children Phoenix, 13, and son Kieran, seven, said: “It’s been an incredible experience – very relaxing and the environment is superb. It has been wonderful to see the reactions of the children as they interact with these lovely animals. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.”

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