Savannah wins award for supporting family

Savannah Davis with parents Sally and Andy Robinson  PHOTO: Supplied
Savannah Davis with parents Sally and Andy Robinson PHOTO: Supplied
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A remarkable kind-hearted youngster from Melton has received a national award for her willingness and eagerness to help other children.

Savannah Davis (12), was presented with the Young Person’s Foster Carer Award for 2015 at the FosterTalk Foster Care Awards held in London last month.

She was nominated by her adoptive mum Sally Robinson who has been a foster carer for Leicester City Council for over five years. During Sally’s fostering career, Savannah, from the age of six, has helped her mum care for 20 children who have all been under the age of four.

Despite suffering from an attachment disorder Savannah has formed close bonds with most of the children and has shown care and affection to the youngsters in her family’s care.

Adoptive mum Sally said: “She has embraced being a foster sister and has loved having playmates. She always shares her things without argument. At times we have had four young children in placement and she has shared our time without complaint. Savannah is on the autistic spectrum and has learning difficulties, so has only recently learnt to read. She loves being a big sister and using her new skill to read a bedtime story to the younger children.”

Amardeep Kaur Patel one of the supervising social workers running Leicester City’s Sons and Daughters of Foster Carers Group and who has worked very closely with Savannah and her family added: “Everyone in our team would like to thank Savannah for being so very kind and caring in helping and supporting Sally with her fostering role. Savannah’s happy, smiley, bubbly and adaptable character, has enabled lots of different children to benefit from living with this family.”

Savannah received her award from acclaimed poet Lemn Sissay MBE who has experienced being in care, along with comedian, writer and adoptee Rhona Cameron.

Savannah said: “I’m really pleased that I have won this award especially as I got to have a day off school and travel on a train down to London. I’ve never won a trophy before. I’m going to put it in a special place in my bedroom.”

Anyone interested in fostering or considering becoming a foster carer can visit www.fostertalk.org/fostering-information/fostering or call Fosterline on 0800 040 7675.