Local foster families can enjoy fun-days with the children, thanks to a donation from the Barker-Mill Foundation

The Hampshire Fostering Network (HFN) has received a cash injection of £1,500 from the Barker-Mill Foundation (BMF) to help towards foster family days out.

Thanks to the donation from BMF, every foster family in Hampshire can now enjoy the benefits of a Max card which provides discounted entry to many of the UK’s top attractions. In Hampshire alone the card allows access to over twenty activities, including adventure sports such as Go Ape, New Forest Wildlife Park, cinemas, museums and many more.

The HFN was set up over twenty years ago to support foster carers, promote fostering in Hampshire and to help improve family experiences for Hampshire’s looked after children. The HFN was successful in its bid to become a registered charity which has enabled them to provide a broader range of help and support to Hampshire foster carers.

Having been turned down by other organisations for funding due to a lack of resources, the HFN were over the moon to receive the green light from BMF.

Lisa Hayes, Chairman at HFN said: “We were particularly keen to approach the Barker-Mill Foundation for funding as it is well recognised as a generous and thoughtful provider of financial support to charities and other bodies in and around the Southampton area.

“We are very pleased that we can now offer the max card to foster families. We think it’ll make those family days out that little bit easier knowing the cost is slightly less than expected. Nationally, the choice available from the card is huge, offering fun days out which our foster carers can now offer more frequently to the children they look after.  We’d like to thank BMF for their kind donation. Not only will the days out bring joy to the foster children, but also to the families who look after them.”

Tim Jobling, Trustee at the Barker-Mill Foundation said: “Family days out are worth so much in memories, and it’s great that we’ve been able to provide these cards to ensure foster children, and the families who look after them, can enjoy valuable time together. It’s the days out with loved ones that bring smiles to our faces and we hope those who have the Max Card will enjoy putting it to good use.”

To find out more about the HFN please visit http://www.hfnyourvoice.org/