Celebs back Barnardo’s NI urgent foster carer appeal in the Newry area

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

A host of celebrities are backing a Barnardo’s NI campaign to highlight the importance of having someone to support you, in aid of the charity’s urgent campaign for more foster carers.

There are more than two thousand children living with foster families in Northern Ireland and over 200 more foster carers, including in the Newry area are urgently needed.



Singer Paloma Faith, former TOWIE TV starts Lydia Bright and Debbie Douglas, Cold feet actress Fay Ripley, Love Island’s Marcel Somerville, Gogglebox vicar Kate Bottley and gold medallist sprinter Jamie Baulch have been sharing images on social media using #wesupportfostering to share personal images of their families and the people who have supported them as part of the Barnardo’s appeal.

Barnardo’s Ambassador Debbie Douglas who has fostered more than 200 children over 25 years said, “I would urge people to consider fostering as opening your heart and home to a vulnerable child is one of the most rewarding things you can do.



“It can be challenging but the satisfaction of knowing you have helped transform a child’s life for the better is wonderful.”

Debbie’s foster daughter Ellie highlights how important it is for foster child to feel supported by their foster carer.

She said, “Being in care can be hard but having a loving and supportive foster family makes a huge difference. Life is so much better knowing that you have their support when you need it, someone to care for you, to love you, to help you solve problems and to help you grow.”

Actress Fay Ripley believes it is important for parents and carers to know they are not alone. “Caring for a child is wonderful yet all parents know it can also be challenging at times. No matter if you’re a parent or a carer, everyone needs someone to turn to when things get tough.



She added, “That’s why the continuous support Barnardo’s provides to carers is essential during a foster carer’s journey – it gives them the tools to help children achieve the best possible outcomes.”

Barnardo’s NI Director Lynda Wilson said, “Children who have been taken into care have sometimes experienced trauma or difficult circumstances making everyday challenges more difficult to overcome.

“Having a foster carer to support them through the difficult times can help enormously but our carers can only do this if they’re properly supported too. That’s why we ensure they have everything they need whether that’s advice, training or peer support, to feel confident they can help transform a young life.”



To find out more about becoming a foster carer or the support Barnardo’s can offer visit: www.barnardos.org.uk/fostering or T: 028 9065 2288.

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