A foster carer from the Southern Health Trust received very special recognition from Ant and Dec on their prime time ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ show last night.
To mark Mother’s Day, one of Ella Rafferty’s foster children nominated her to be given a very special surprise by the famous TV duo.
Ella, from Newry, has been fostering for 27 years and has cared for over 40 children and young people, some short term and others for longer term placements.
Unsuspecting Ella, who just thought she was going to be in the audience of the popular prime time show, was shocked when she was singled out and given a cabin on the cruise for the series finale in Barcelona.
Congratulating Ella, Paul Morgan, Director of Children and Young People’s Services for the Southern Trust said: “We are 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.
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org.