Foster Walk

Foster Walk is The Fostering Network’s flagship fundraising event. Each year the fostering community comes together to put in a monumental effort in increasing the awareness of fostering and raising funds to help make foster care the very best it can be. And of course, it’s a great way to celebrate fostering with other foster families, friends and supporters too.

Foster Walk postcard from Hadrian's Wall

Every 20 minutes another child in the UK becomes in need of a foster family. Your support, through events like Foster Walk, is what helps us ensure they get the best possible care.

We’ve proved that together, we really can make fostering the best it can be.

‘What a joy it was to participate in Foster Walk London on Saturday. What struck me most, was the sense of togetherness. There was a real sense of being part of something special’ – Fostering service


Foster Walk 2021

Foster Walk took place over Foster Care Fortnight, with a final day of the challenge and celebration events on 22 May 2021. 

Over 350 people rose to the challenge of walking a combined 2,500,000 steps, which would take us on a a virtual route around the UK.


 Take a look at the 2021 Foster Walk route


Foster families, friends and supporters were joined by teams from:

  • Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Arthur Cox
  • Bracknell Forest Council
  • Derby City Council
  • Foster Care Solutions
  • Futures for Children
  • North East Lincolnshire Council
  • South London Together
  • The Mortgage Brain


By the end of the first week, we had already made an impressive 652,000 steps and visited two of our capitals - Belfast and Edinburgh, taking in some impressive sights along our virtual tour and some lovely fresh air in real life. We sent postcards from each scenic milestone we passed, including Lindisfarne and Hadrian's Wall.

We began the final day in the Wye Valley, with 900,000 steps to go and made a big push towards our target. We reached our virtual destination – Trafalgar Square – by lunchtime. But we didn’t stop there. Our final step count was an astounding 5,119,342 steps - more than double our target.

Thanks to everyone’s fundraising efforts we raised over £7,000. This gives a real boost to the support we can offer foster families, to our campaigns for positive change and helps us make foster care the very best it can be.

Thank you to everyone who took part and made the event such a success.

Look out for details of Foster Walk 2022!