Hamilton Hill hero reflects on decades of foster care

Hamilton Hill hero reflects on decades of foster care

A HAMILTON Hill resident who offered refuge to hundreds of disadvantaged children has featured in a podcast about his own experiences receiving a helping hand.

Brian Coxe and wife Maureen fostered 242 children between the early 1970s and 2000s.

The pair’s incredible generosity was rewarded with Pride of Australia medals in 2006.

“My wife, a kindergarten teacher in the early ‘70s, was approached by a social worker and asked if she’d like to foster three children,” Mr Coxe said.

“Maureen brought it up over a meal that night.

“We talked about it and my daughter said: ‘We have plenty of love to give’.”

The couple would go on to help many more children over the next three decades.

Mr Coxe gave all credit to his beloved wife, who died four years ago.

“She was the one who would get right underneath them; she was the one who could lift them,” he said.

“She was the one that turned around and helped them with every little problem.

“She had a beautiful way.”

Mr Coxe turns 81 this month and requires extra help these days to keep up an active lifestyle.

He receives that from St Ives Home Care, with staff visiting him numerous times each week.

“I couldn’t speak more highly of them,” he said.

Mr Coxe recently featured in a podcast series hosted by Joanna Maxwell.

The series talks about living independently at home as you age and was run through November.

To have a listen, visit www.stiveshomecare.com.au/path-to-independence-podcast.