DESPITE Russell Grant’s skills on the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor, the astrologer and actor isn’t one to tap dance around a subject.
So when he was asked to support the Cabrini Children’s Society in Portsmouth, he jumped at the chance.
Russell, who provides horoscopes for The News, is currently starring in the Kings Theatre production of Grease.
Speaking backstage he said the charity’s aim to attract more long-term foster carers was something he felt he could support because he had personal experience of the difference they can make.
He said: ‘It was important for me to get involved because my brother and sister-in-law used to foster, so I was already aware of the impact of fostering when the ladies from Cabrini contacted me about it.’
Russell said his brother Garry and sister-in-law Ersoulla Arsenoi fostered between 30 and 40 children.
Russell said: ‘When these kids arrived at their house there was food on the table and big cuddles waiting.
‘There is very much a skill involved in fostering, but if you’ve got love to give you’re halfway there.’
The Kings Theatre’s own marketing supervisor, Helen Young, was found foster carers by the charity when she was a baby, and after that was adopted.
Helen, 24, said: ‘The people at the charity were just wonderful, and it’s a part of my life and who I am now.
‘I would 100 per cent tell people to become foster parents if they are able.’
The charity is going to have a stall in Cascades Shopping Centre on Thursday, October 4 and Thursday, October 11.
Social worker Jonquil Mitchell said it was imperative more foster carers come forward, because a child is placed into care every 22 minutes.
She added: ‘There’s a huge need for all types of foster carers and we’ll pass any short-term carers on to Portsmouth City Council.
‘We’ve got four people working for Cabrini in Portsmouth, and we want four more.
‘There’s a huge need so although we’re a small team we’re trying to grow.
‘It’s important that if people are in a position to help that they come to talk to us and meet people who are foster carers.’
To find out more about becoming a foster carer, see cabrini.org.uk, call 01962 842024 or go along to Cascades Shopping Centre.