The former Liverpool and England football star Mark Wright has announced the launch of a nationwide campaign aiming to boost the number of foster carers.
In a new partnership with Foster Care Associates (FCA), the ex-England captain and foster carer has been appointed a foster care ambassador and will lead a programme of initiatives to drive up numbers of foster cares in Britain and champion the rights of children in care.
The 10KUK campaign will embrace a series of initiatives across the UK, starting this November with the launch of the FCA manifesto for children and foster carers.
Wright commented: “As foster carers, my wife and I are passionate about giving disadvantaged children the chance to thrive and lead truly fulfilling lives.''
He hopes that by harnessing his long-term soccer career and passion for fostering he can influence others to consider fostering as a full time career.
He added: “Fostering is challenging and can often seem a daunting role but with the right support and back up from professionals, it is also enormously rewarding.
“I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for life as well as giving away some of my personal experiences. I am honoured to be part of an organisation that places children firmly at the centre of what it does.''
In the UK there is currently a shortfall of nearly 10,000 foster carers.