Published On: Sat, May 10th, 2014 on 2:23 pm

Ex Royal engineer from Pontefract joins call for foster carers

Orange Grove Foster Carers

Ex Royal electrical mechanical engineer, Darren Fisher, with wife Jo (left)

A former Army engineer from Pontefract is backing a campaign to tackle the nationwide shortage of foster carers.

Ex Royal electrical mechanical engineer, Darren Fisher, who lives in Pontefract with his wife Jo and their four-year-old daughter, is lending his voice to the nationwide call for new recruits as part of Foster Care Fortnight taking place from 12 May to 25 May.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about fostering, as there is estimated shortage of 8,700 carers needed to look after children in the UK according to the Fostering Network.

Around 750 are needed across the Yorkshire region.

Mr Fisher, 32, was in the Army for 15 years serving with a range of military units including the Commando Brigade, where he served as a mechanical engineer. In September last year he left to follow his dream of starting his business with the help of his wife.

Recounting what inspired them to think about fostering, Mr Fisher said: “My wife has always worked with children, and her parents are foster carers so after our daughter was born, the prospect of a new focus appealed to us both.

“We live in a community, everyone has to put their hand in to help out. My wife and I offer our home, family and more importantly our time through fostering and I think more people should do so.”

The couple foster three children through Orange Grove Fostercare, which has branches in all five of the main regions in West Yorkshire.

Judith Rees, director of fostering at Orange Grove, said: “We’re very proud of Darren and Jo who, like all our foster carers, have done so much to help looked-after children have a better quality of life and hope for the future.”

For more information about fostering contact Orange Grove on 0300 303 8304, or visit the website at

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