Merton resident awarded an MBE

Merton resident Pam Galliers will be joining the Queen for tea later this year.

She has been awarded an MBE for her hard work and commitment to foster care.

Over the past 42 years Pam has fostered 133 Merton children ranging from babies to 12 year olds. This includes children with challenging behaviour, learning difficulties and a child with autism. Pam retired from fostering in April this year at the age of 69. She still keeps in touch with many of the children she fostered and is even God Mother to one of them.

Pam Galliers said:

“I knew from the age of 8 that I wanted to work with children. It’s hard work and you need a sense of humour but giving children a loving home and watching them blossom has been immensely rewarding. There were times when I thought that I couldn’t manage but I always did. I recommend that other people consider doing it as you can make a real difference to a young person’s life.”

Cabinet member for Children’s Services, Councillor Debbie Shears, said:

“We are absolutely delighted that Pam’s selfless commitment and tireless devotion to fostering children has been recognised nationally. We congratulate Pam on her award and also extend our heartfelt thanks to her for her service to young people in Merton. We need more residents like Pam to help in giving all children the chance to be nurtured in a stable family environment. People really can make a difference and enjoy the many rewards of fostering a child.”

Any Merton residents interested in fostering a child should call 020 8545 4277.

Notes to Editors
– Potential foster carers will be assessed by the council’s Fostering Team who will also provide support and training should the applicant be successful.
– Photo of Pam Galliers with her family available on request by calling 0208 545 3827.