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Jackie Barnett MBE – photo curtesy of Horizons Magazine HCC

Jackie Barnett MBE from Borehamwood has fostered over 100 children since 1958.

She received royal recognition after retiring in 2015 from her fostering role at the age of 80, receiving the MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Jackie was nominated by one of her foster children Ricky, who Jackie fostered from the age of one and in now 52.

“You have to like children because it is hard work, but it is satisfying to see them grow into well-adjusted adults. I still keep in touch with lots of them and they are like family” said Jackie, “I’ve had a wonderful time fostering and I would recommend it to anyone”

Her foster son Ricky now has his own family and Jackie has always been ‘mum’ to him and ‘nanny’ to his children.

“Growing up, I benefitted enormously from my stable and loving upbringing with Jackie” said Ricky. “ As a mixed race child living with other foster children and her own birth daughter, I always felt we were a family and that we were all given equal care and attention.”