14/08/2014 16:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Celebs Share Childhood Photos In Support Of Barnardo's Foster Carer Campaign


The new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Dame Helen Mirren and Twiggy are amongst a host of celebrities who have shared their treasured childhood photos to support a fostering charity's campaign to recruit more desperately needed foster parents.

Model, actress and singer Twiggy recalled the story behind the picture of her smiling while eating an ice cream: "One of my favourite childhood memories was when we went on holiday to holiday camps by the sea every summer. I loved the little chalets we slept in and there was always so much to do and so many children to play with."

The stars have shared these intimate portraits of happy moments in their childhoods as part of Barnado's 'Create my memories' campaign, to encourage people across the UK to consider becoming a foster carer and help create happy childhood memories for vulnerable children.

The number of children in the care system in the UK has risen for the seventh year in a row to more than 90,000 and at least 8,600 new foster carers are needed in the UK .

Brenda Farrell, head of fostering and adoption at Barnardo's, 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.

"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. 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."

Actresses Dame Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley, Amanda Holden, Faye Ripley, Linda Robson, Brenda Blethyn, Jo Joyner and Nina Wadia, as well as writer Ian Rankin, designer Bruce Oldfield, actor and presenter Chistopher Biggins and presenter Carol Smillie, were also persuaded to dig through their old photo albums for the charity. See their snaps below and guess who's who.

Barnardo's will be projecting the pictures and films made by some of the celebrities on streets in London, Manchester and Glasgow throughout the charity's Fostering and Adoption Week on 13-19 January.

Barnardo's is keen to speak to people over the age of 21, whether they are parents themselves or not. There is no upper age limit and Barnardo's does not exclude anyone from consideration on the grounds of marital status, gender, sexual orientation, disability or employment status.

Find out more about fostering on Barnado's website or by calling 08000 277 280

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