Lorraine Pascale to Become Fostering Ambassador
TV personality and celebrity chef, Lorraine Pascale, is set to become the very first fostering ambassador, as reported by the BBC. Having previously spoken up in support of foster parents and children in care, she intends to leverage her influence as a public figure to spread greater awareness.
Lorraine describes the cause as “extremely close to [her] heart” – that she knows from her own personal experience how critical and important the work of fostering is. Having been fostered very shortly after her birth, she was then adopted at around 18 months by a family from Oxfordshire. Following her adoptive parents’ separation, at around the age of seven, she moved around placements frequently, eventually returning to her mother.
Despite the unstable start she had in life, she overcame her difficulties, winning a full scholarship to a boarding school in Devon. Children’s Minister Edward Timpson, describes Lorraine as “an inspiration to many foster children and their parents”:
“As someone who grew up as part of a large foster family, I know only too well that fostering can be one of the most rewarding experiences life can bring”.
The article continues, detailing that Lorraine will “‘champion fostering’ in England and encourage more people to think about becoming carers”.
As an agency committed to growing and strengthening the fostering community, it’s fantastic to see the government appoint such a popular figure across the nation to carry the torch for foster care – we’re sure she’ll do a fantastic job! Given her firsthand experiences as a care leaver, who went on to excel in her career, we can’t think of a better candidate.
Get in touch and let us know what you think about Lorraine becoming the new – and very first – face of fostering in the UK!