Barnardo’s Bruce Oldfield joins stars in supporting charity’s adoption and fostering week

Bruce Oldfield will lead a host of celebrities backing charity Barnardo’s fostering and adoption week-long event which runs until Sunday.

Dame Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley, Amanda Holden, Jo Joyner and Mr Oldfield, a royal designer and Barnardo’s vice-president, are just some of the stars supporting the Barkingside charity’s campaign to recruit more foster carers in London.

Current figures show 1,025 new families are needed to foster children in the capital.

Rachel Maloney, Barnardo’s assistant head of fostering in London and the South-East, 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.

To broadcast its plea for more foster carers, Barnardo’s has persuaded famous faces including Twiggy, Peter Capaldi, Nicola Roberts and Russell Howard to reveal some candid images and stories from school days, summer holidays and family life.

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Ms Maloney added: “We are truly grateful that so many household names are helping us to broadcast our plea for people to consider becoming foster parents.”

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