We are grateful for the generous support of Fosterline and Fosterline Foundation by the following celebrities:
Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Children and Families
Edward Timpson MP, Minister for Children and Families officially launched the Fosterline Foundation at the FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards 2014.
Mr Timpson, whose parents fostered around 90 children, explains:
“As someone from a foster family, I know that at times it can be challenging, and so it’s vital for foster carers to have access to support. Fosterline plays an important role in making sure that carers can get the help and advice they need, when they need it. The launch of the Fosterline Foundation will enable it to develop and expand these services.”
Mr Timpson made a special message about Fosterline’s achievements to date at the FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards 2015:
Lemn Sissay MBE
Lemn Sissay MBE is the author of several books of poetry alongside articles, records, public art, and plays. He was an official poet for the London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London, in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. Sissay is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, and inaugural trustee of World Book Night. He was recently confirmed as chancellor of the University of Manchester.
You can watch a video of Lemn at the FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards 2015 here:
Debbie Douglas and Lydia Bright
Debbie Douglas, and her daughter, Lydia-Rose Bright from the popular TV show – The Only Way is
Essex (TOWIE), are newly appointed fostering ambassadors for the Department for Education. Debbie has been a foster carer for 22 years, and Lydia has grown up sharing her home with foster children.
Please click here to view our interview with these 2 inspirational ladies.
David Akinsanya, is a successful campaigner for Looked After children. David was brought up in care and consequently experienced many troubling events. David transpires a positive and emotive message to those in care, who have left care or those who work with children in care. He emphasises the significant impact of his social worker Jenni Randall – he feels that without her he would be in a very different position in life. He has addressed conferences for Barnardos, BAAF, Hertfordshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and many others. He has made films with young people for Southend, Essex, Hertfordshire, and Cambridgeshire Police as well as with voluntary organisations around the UK.
You can watch a video of David at the FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards 2015 here:
Rhona Cameron – one of the best stand up comedians in the UK, made an impact on the comedy scene in 1992, winning Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ award. A decade of sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows and tours in the UK, and A/NZ followed. TV includes Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Graham Norton and The Frank Skinner Show; and in 2000 her first BBC sitcom series, Rhona. In 2002 she headed off to the Australian jungle for the massive ITV hit, I’m A Celebrity-Get Me Out Of Here . Rhona was adopted as a child and wrote her first book ‘1979 A big year in a small town’ to critical acclaim, an autobiographical account of a year of her life in childhood.
You can watch a video of Rhona at the FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards 2015 here:
Lorraine Pascale, TV celebrity chef and government ambassador for fostering has agreed to be an official supporter of the Fosterline Foundation. We are extremely pleased to be working with Lorraine and the support she is giving us with our fundraising activities.
Lorraine was fostered at eight years old so understands what foster carers do and the lifeline that Fosterline offers foster carers.
Lorraine has dedicated some of her recipes for the benefit of Fosterline find out more