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Surprise for foster mother on prime time TV show

March 7, 2016

A Newry foster mother received very special recognition on Saturday evening when she featured in a surprise appearance on the prime time TV show ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’, hosted by Ant and Dec.

To mark Mother’s Day, one of Ella Rafferty’s foster children nominated her to receive a very special surprise from the famous TV duo.

Ella has been fostering for 27 years has cared for more than 40 children and young people, in both short term and long-term placements.

Thinking she was just a member of the audience at the popular show, unsuspecting Ella was shocked when she was singled out and told she will be part of the series finale, on a cruise ship in Barcelona.

Congratulating Ella, Paul Morgan, Director of Children and Young People’s Services for the Southern Trust said he is absolutely delighted that Ella has received this very special tribute.

“She, like our many other foster carers, go beyond the call of duty every day, opening up their homes and their hearts to make a real difference to many young people who need a positive influence in their lives,” he said.

“Foster care is indeed challenging but extremely rewarding. Ella has made a real impact on the many young people she has touched over the years and we are delighted that she got to enjoy such a very special evening and a mother’s day she probably won’t forget.”

The Trust is always recruiting foster carers, for short term, long term and to provide respite care.

If you have time and space in your life for fostering and are interested in finding out more

Tel: 028 3833 7181 or Email: fostering&adoption@southerntrust.hscni.net.

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