A Cumbrian foster carer is encouraging individuals from the LGBT community on routes they can take around parenting at the Cumbria Pride event.

The council's foster care service is running an information stand at the eventwhich takes place on September 25th at Carlisle Castle.

It offers those thinking about fostering an opportunity to speak to their team.

Ali Faulkner-Luke and her wife Ang have been fostering for two years, they said: "We wanted to draw on our skills and experience as teachers to nurture and support children.

"We weren’t sure whether we would be suitable for fostering and whether we had what it takes but the support we’ve received right from the first phone call, to moving on our first child, has been incredible."

Carlisle foster carer, Kevin Kerr, said that fostering was a way for him and his partner to have a family of their own, he said: "We were the first same sex couple to foster in Cumbria and we’ve been accepted as would any other family.

"It’s been a really positive experience, fostering is definitely a way of life rather than a profession; like any parents our life revolves around the children."

Find out more about fostering at cumbria.gov.uk/fostering.