Doncaster born football legend Kevin Keegan has lent his support to Doncaster Council’s latest fostering recruitment campaign by revealing his own childhood hero.
The former England international, said; “Every child needs a hero, a role model to look up to and aspire to be like.
“For me that person was the legendary England captain Billy Wright. In his day Billy was the symbol of English football around the world, a true icon. “As a football-mad boy growing up, I was inspired by Billy, who like me had a much smaller frame than many professional footballers, at just 5 foot 8 inches.
“Billy was the first footballer in the world to reach 100 caps for his country, captaining the England side a record-breaking 90 times.
“Perhaps even more impressively, in a career of nearly 700 top flight games, he was never cautioned or sent off by any referee – something I am not sure has ever been achieved by another player.
“As well as a great footballer, Billy was a stand-up family man enjoying a very public but happy marriage to one of the Beverly Sisters. His attitude on and off the pitch was something that really motivated me as a child – to me he was a superhero with better powers than any comic book character.
“Never underestimate the power a positive role model can have on a child’s future - anybody who can dedicate their lives to giving children a better life and providing inspiration for their future is a true superhero in my eyes!”
The aim of the campaign is to encourage people across Doncaster to think if they have what it takes to be a child’s hero and become a foster carer, with everyone being encouraged to call 0808 129 2600 for an informal chat to see if fostering is for them.
Stories from other personalities, including Doncaster Council’s Chief Executive Jo Miller, a host of Doncaster Rovers’ players and Cabinet member for Children’s Safeguarding, Councillor Tony Corden, will also appear on www.fosteringindoncaster.org over the coming weeks.
Almost anyone can foster as long as they are over 21, have a spare room and the energy and enthusiasm to look after local children.
People who decide to foster through Doncaster Council will receive 24 hour support and generous allowances.
Anyone who is interested in fostering can contact the team on freephone 0808 129 2600 or make an enquiry online at www.fosteringindoncaster.org