TOWIE stars launch fostering appeal

TOWIE stars launch fostering appeal

TOWIE stars launch fostering appeal

First published in News

TOWIE’s Debbie Douglas and her daughter Lydia Bright have launched an appeal for more foster carers on behalf of Barnardo’s.

The stars have revealed how fostering has touched their lives in a bid to encourage more people in Essex to come forward. Debbie is a foster carer and Barnardo’s supporter. She said once she took the decision to become a fosterer 20 years ago, she never looked back.

She said: "Over the 20 years I have been fostering children I have lost count of those who have spent summers with me but all of those who I am still in touch with recall the same memories of our holidays. The reality is children who come into care have often never seen a seaside, built sand castles or swam in the sea.

"The excitement and sometimes fear you see in the child's eyes as they experience the unknown sticks with you. Once I took the decision to become a foster carer I didn’t look back."

Lydia said: "My mother has been a foster carer for as long as I can remember and over the years has fostered hundreds of children. So my childhood was somewhat different to the 'norm,' but it was absolutely incredible and I am so grateful.

"I have met some amazing children and people throughout my life and being a foster sister really made me value the important things in life."

To find out more, visit www.barnardos.org.uk

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