Leigh couple who fostered 150 children retire

From left to right: Jim, Matthew (Chris's son), Tanya, Mayor of Wigan Borough, Christopher (Chris's son) and Chris).
From left to right: Jim, Matthew (Chris's son), Tanya, Mayor of Wigan Borough, Christopher (Chris's son) and Chris).

The Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Susan Loudon, thanked one of the borough’s longest serving foster carers in a special thank you event.

Chris (65) and Jim Perry (66) from Leigh have fostered more than 150 children in the last 34 years. The couple decided to foster when they found out they were unable to have any more children.

Chris, who’s still in contact with many of the children she’s fostered, said: “I’ve always wanted a really big family and fostering helped me to achieve that. Over the years, the foster children have brought me lots of joy - I’ve loved every minute of it. I am sad to be retiring but I’m looking forward to spending more time with Jim.”

Fifteen years ago, baby Tanya came into their care. Chris and Jim fell in love with the little girl and decided to adopt her when she was just five years old. Tanya said: “I’m really proud of them, for everything they’ve done to help others.”

Their support worker at Wigan Council, Angela Coombes, will be sad to see them leave. She said: “Chris and Jim have done so much for us and for the children who have been in their care – we will miss them greatly, but I’m sure we’ll stay in touch.”

The Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Susan Loudon, said: “It was an honour to meet such a lovely couple and their family. Chris and Jim have helped give so many children the opportunity for a better life and I can’t thank them enough for that.”