CELEBRITY supporters are calling for kind-hearted residents to become foster carers as a new campaign is launched.
Dame Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley and Amanda Holden are among a host of stars who have shared their most cherished childhood snaps to front 'Create my memories.’ The campaign led by Barnardo’s, the leading children’s charity, is calling on people in Bracknell to help create happy memories for some of the most vulnerable children in the area.
Anyone aged 21 and above can apply to be a foster parent, and a meeting providing more information will take place at Bracknell Leisure Centre, in Bagshot Road, on Monday, January 27, between 6pm and 8pm.
Speaking ahead of Barnado’s Fostering and Adoption Week (January 13-19), some of Britain’s most famous faces including Twiggy, Nicola Roberts and Russell Howard have revealed stories from school days, summer holidays and family life.
Model, actress and singer Twiggy spoke about her picture and early childhood: “One of my favourite childhood memories was when we went on holiday to holiday camps by the sea every summer.
“I loved the little chalets we slept in and there was always so much to do and so many children to play with.
“Another cherished memory was being cuddled by my Dad before going to bed and him reading me a story. I felt so safe and loved”.
Current figures show 925 new foster families are needed in the South-East - and 8,600 more foster carers are needed to look after children across the UK.
Paramjit Panesar, from Barnardo’s Fostering South-East service said: “Without the right foster family to care for them, many vulnerable children may never experience the love and stability they so desperately need and happy memories will remain a distant dream.
“We are truly grateful that so many household names are helping us to broadcast our plea for people to consider becoming foster parents.
To find out more about fostering visit www.barnardos.org.uk/fostering or call 08000 277 280.