Emmerdale star in fostering plea

Chelsea Halfpenny arriving at The British Soap Awards 2012 at The London TV Centre, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 28, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Soap. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Chelsea Halfpenny arriving at The British Soap Awards 2012 at The London TV Centre, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 28, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Soap. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Emmerdale star Chelsea Halfpenny has teamed up with Doncaster Council to launch a new recruitment campaign for foster carers.

Chelsea was in town yesterday to raise awareness that almost anyone can foster as long as they are aged over 21, have a spare room and have energy and enthusiasm to care for kids.

Her Emmerdale character, Amy Wyatt, has benefitted from being cared for by a couple who had never considered fostering before.

She said: “I think you see from Amy’s story that not only did her foster parents have a positive impact on her life, but she also did on theirs.

“I’m hoping that by supporting this campaign this is the message I can get across.”

The star was at the Frenchgate Centre to give her backing to the project where a new central information point has been launched.

Chris Pratt, council spokesman, said: “Things such as being married – or even being in a relationship – or owning your own house are not actually pre-requisites when it comes to fostering.

“Single people, same sex couples and people from different ethnic backgrounds are just some of the groups being encouraged to consider foster caring as part of this new initiative.”

As part of the In the Frame campaign, the council will be hosting a series of recruitment events, where anybody interested in finding out more can talk to foster carers and council representatives.

n Anyone interested in fostering can contact 0808 129 2600 or online at www.fosteringindoncaster.org