Couple’s MBE honour for supporting disadvantaged children

Ronald and Perdita Sawbridge NNL-140613-171248001
Ronald and Perdita Sawbridge NNL-140613-171248001

A couple from Aynho who have spent a lifetime supporting disadvantaged children have both received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Ron Sawbridge and his wife Perdita became foster parents back in 1990 whey they fostered two young girls aged eight and ten.

Mr Sawbridge, 80, is a former Northamptonshire county councillor. He said: “We were extremely pleased when we found out and obviously very grateful because we have spent 24 years fostering children who have now become part of our family. My main interest and expertise on the council was in education and welfare and it is really essential to the children and those who are vulnerable that we support them and they have better life chances.”

The couple had already had children from their previous marriages but wanted to expand their family further. They later adopted an 11-year-old boy who worked his way through the British Army and is now based in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul.

“I had five sons from my first marriage and we both wanted to have a family together but because of our age we could not,” Mr Sawbridge said.

“We then decided to look into the possibility of fostering and adopting, and took our two girls into our family.

“It has been extremely rewarding. Perdita and I both love being around children and get on really well with our other children and grandchildren.”

Since 2011, Mr Sawbridge has been chairman of NorPIP, a social enterprise that offers psychotherapeutic support to parents.