I am nominating my mum in the hope that people will recognise the kind-hearted, non-judgmental and unselfish effort that she has dedicated over the years and help raise awareness for the cause for which she is so passionate about. I also believe her story can change some people's attitudes towards those less fortunate than themselves. As a full time foster carer she has welcomed youngsters of varying abilities, from troubled backgrounds/ damaged homes and under some horrendous circumstances, and shown them love, warmth and effectively what life really should be like. Over the years I have seen some unbelievable things, good and bad, but what really stands out is the difference in these children after some time in a secure, warm and loving family environment. Her commitment to helping others has seen her care for nearly 100 children and teenagers over 16 years. The first 13 years for the Aberdeenshire area, receiving no payment for her efforts, simply doing it out of the kindness in her heart. She has taken part in local news interviews over the past few years during National Foster Care Awareness Month in an attempt to encourage others to become foster carers. After witnessing first hand the severe lack of foster families and the ever increasing number of youngsters requiring foster homes, I really believe that being a torchbearer for the Olympics receives the publicity needed to really make a difference in this country with regards to Foster Care and helping those in need.