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“We just need to be around the right people.”

This week, millions of viewers tuned in to watch the final of Channel 4’s hit series, The Piano – and there was hardly a dry eye in the house when 22-year-old Brad Kella took to the stage dedicating his performance to his foster carers.

“I had the best foster parents in the whole world,” he told the audience, “and they gave me the capability to dream, to believe that anything was actually possible.”

Brad, who spoke about how scared he was when he was taken into foster care at the age of seven, described the life-changing moment when his foster carers were able to get a piano, and how this access to music had helped him to heal. “Once I started playing piano, I started feeling this unique feeling about myself,” he said, “that I was my own person. I owe it to my foster parents because, prior to them, I had no one there who believed I would be capable of doing such a thing as playing piano.”

James Townend, Managing Director at Fitzgerald Fostering, said: “Firstly and on behalf of everyone here at Fitzgerald Fostering, many congratulations to Brad on his wonderful performance in the final and on being recognised with Performance of the Night. What an incredible talent and, as you rightly say, Brad, this is just the beginning.”

“Brad’s journey exemplifies how foster care can change lives. Providing a loving, stable and nurturing environment for a young person who cannot live with their own family can be transformative, and Ev and Frank, Brad’s foster carers, have done this.”

Brad spoke about the stigma of being a young person who has grown up in care, and how these young people “get seen as just a number”. “I want to show people what a number can do,” he continued, “We just need to be around the right people. What Ev and Frank have done for me and my brother is absolutely everything.”

James Townend added: “In the UK, we are experiencing a shortage of foster carers – of people like Ev and Frank and like our fabulous Fitzgerald Fostering carers – and there is an urgent need for more fostering households. We hope their story will inspire others to consider fostering.”

If you would like to find out more about becoming a foster carer and you live in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire or the surrounding area, we would love to hear from you. Please call us on 01753 550031.

We are also running some online events where you can learn more about fostering and have your questions answered. Please register here.

 

AuthorFitzgerald Fostering

DateJune 13, 2024

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