Time to remember

COULD you help keep a family together? That’s what organisers of this year’s National Adoption Week – taking place this week – are hoping for. It focuses on siblings in a bid to encourage more people to come forward and adopt brothers and sisters.

Currently there are seven sets of siblings in desperate need of a loving family across the three WWiSH (Warrington, Wigan and St Helens) authorities - five groups of two siblings and two groups of three. Since 2013, there has been a 65 per cent decrease in the number of sibling groups waiting to be adopted.

Children in foster care experience a range of emotions - from sadness and loss to confusion and even guilt. Some children will have gone through traumatic experiences and have those emotions to deal with on top of that. But having a sibling with them can help them with these feelings, as well as supporting the child to maintain a sense of identity when everything else familiar to them is gone.

Since we launched WWiSH a couple of years ago we’ve placed lots of children with families. It would be fantastic if, this week, we can find more for our sibling groups too.

BELATED congratulations to our very own Martin Murray, after his successful WBC Silver middleweight title defence against Domenico Spada in Monte Carlo.

Martin is a fantastic ambassador for the town. He loves St Helens and flies the flag for us during his many fights abroad by wearing the Saints’ crest on his shorts.

And his win in Monaco sets things up nicely for a world class sporting weekend in February – when he is due to fight Kazakhstan superstar Gennady Golovkin for the WBA belt just 24 hours before Saints meet South Sydney Rabbitohs in the World Club Challenge at Langtree Park.

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