Olympic torch: Wirral foster carer Rose Tyson to carry torch
A Wirral woman who has fostered more than 200 children will carry the Olympic torch through Birkenhead on Friday.
Rose Tyson, 63, has been a foster carer for over 25 years and was nominated to carry the flame by her grandson Ryan Neicsh.
"My Nan deserves a medal for what she has done, so the chance to carry the Olympic flame and be part of history is the best thing," Ryan said.
"She is so committed to her job and she is always there for you. The whole family are really proud of her."
Ms Tyson says she is "thrilled to bits" to be chosen as a torchbearer.
She decided to start fostering children to "try to make a difference".
"I've always worked with children," she said. "In my teens I worked in a children's home and it was very regimental. 'Line up to go to bed, line up to do this'. Children need a family.
"It is about making a difference for them. It is giving them the love, care and stability of family life.
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"Watching them blossom from children who come to you with no school attendance whatsoever to turning round to 100% attendance and aiming for 10 GCSEs - that's what you get out of it."
Ms Tyson has fostered children from a wide range of backgrounds and said the most important thing is to listen.
"It is about listening to what they say and guiding them the best you can.
"They don't always listen but you hope that along the way you are making a difference."