A WOMAN who has been a foster carer for 23 years and raised more than £70,000 for brain injured children has been named as an Olympic Torchbearer.
Susan Evans, aged 55, has seen more than 80 youngsters come and go at her Wheatcroft Drive home, having followed her mum’s example and signed-up to fostering.
And she was gobsmacked to learn that she’d been picked to carry the famous flame during its leg through Birmingham on June 30.
“Of course I’d love to enter the Olympics. Any event, but I’m too old now - I’d hardly be able to keep up with Usain Bolt,” laughed the mum-of-two. “I never thought I’d be carrying the torch, you see all these people who have done these amazing things being picked and you don’t think that will be you. I can’t wait though.”
The part-time personal carer, who works in Balsall Common, said she found foster work “hugely rewarding”.
“Now and then you get a knock on the door from a middle-aged man with two kids and you wonder who it can be.
“And then they tell you that you looked after them 20 odd years ago. It’s quite a feeling, they all became members of my family really.”
Over ten years, Susan and partner Bob Davies have also raised more than £70,000 for the British Institute for Brain Injured Children (BIBIC). Money was drummed up through everything from chilli-eating contests to country and western events.
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