Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Celebrities reveal teen pics to launch Barnardo's fostering campaign
Release Date: 12 Jan 2015

Dame Joan Collins, Andy Serkis and the late Lynda Bellingham are among stars who have braved the days of acne and dodgy haircuts to release candid photos of themselves as adolescents. Barnardo’s approached celebrities for their ‘unseen’ teen pics as part of a new campaign to recruit more foster carers in the UK.

A number of personalities have sent through informal snaps of themselves in their teen years. They include I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner Christopher Biggins in hippy garb, Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby pulling a funny face and the late Lynda Bellingham playing Puck in a teenage production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
The celebrities have also shared pearls of wisdom passed down by their family for Barnardo’s Fostering Week 2015 which launches today. Along with her poignant photo, the late Lynda Bellingham’s husband Michael Pattemore reveals that Lynda’s motto was always ‘Live Life to the Full’. He says Lynda’s maxim, is the best advice you could give any young person.
Barnardo’s is looking to recruit 500 foster carers in 2015 to help address a shortfall of 8,600 carers nationally. The charity is asking members of the public to consider becoming foster carers, particularly for teenagers and older children who are amongst those who wait the longest to find a new home.
Using the celebrity pictures, Barnardo’s will be staging projection stunts throughout the week (12 – 18 January 2014), on the busiest high streets in Edinburgh (12th), Newcastle (13th) and Cardiff (14th).
Barnardo’s is targeting commuters, January sales shoppers and evening revellers in all three cities, giving a glimpse into the early life of some of the nation’s favourite celebrities.
Barnardo’s CEO Javed Khan said:
Most of us can remember the advice and support we received from our family growing up. Without the right foster family to care for them, many vulnerable children may never experience the kind of love and stability we take for granted.

Currently a third of all children in foster care are moved between different families more than twice every year due to the lack of suitable foster carers. The number of children in the care system in the UK has risen for the 8th year in a row to more than 90,000 and at least 8,600 new foster carers are needed in the UK.

It is a critical situation and Barnardo’s is looking for people with patience and commitment to provide a stable home for the most vulnerable children in the UK. Fostering is a caring career and I would encourage those who feel they have a lot of love to give to get in touch.”
Brenda Blethyn OBE, a Barnardo’s ambassador, who is supporting the campaign, said:
I am a long-term supporter of Barnardo’s and their fostering services. The work foster carers do is invaluable, as they offer vulnerable children and young people a stable, safe and caring home, sometimes for the first time in their lives.

Although it is a demanding role, it is very rewarding and we desperately need more potential foster carers to come forward for children waiting for a family. That is why I’m taking part in this year’s National Fostering and Adoption Week.”
There is no upper age limit although there is a minimum age of 21. Barnardo’s does not exclude anyone from consideration on the grounds of marital status, gender, sexual orientation, disability or employment status. Barnardo’s is keen to speak to individuals from the BME and LGBT communities who are interested in fostering.
To find out more about fostering visit www.barnardos.org.uk/fostering or call 08000 277 280
Follow the campaign on twitter using the hashtag #WhyFoster and share your teen pictures and family advice.

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