Families for Children is a charity close to my heart as I myself am adopted and have benefited from growing up in a loving family. Adoption does work and gives a huge amount of benefit for the adoptee and parent alike. Families for Children is a brilliant charity. I do believe in adoption and Families for Children need support for funding - not just for adoptions but also for after care. The backgrounds of children being adopted now are different. These children have real issues and need support and care to make sure they don’t fall through the net. FFC support the wellbeing of the parent and the child. Together they teach the capacity to love and the good side of human nature through family life and help the children to grow up and be in a better place. Michael Caines is one of Britain's most acclaimed chefs. AA Chef's Chef of the Year in 2007, and awarded MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry, Michael was previously Executive Chef at Gidleigh Park, the prestigious country house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor at Chagford, Devon, where he has earned his reputation - as well as two Michelin stars - serving distinctive modern European cuisine utilising the finest local and regional produce and ingredients. He is currently working on his own restaurants in Lympstone and Wales.Michael was born in Exeter in 1969 and adopted into a large and loving family. He gained his passion for food from his mother who he used to enjoy helping in the kitchen. Says Michael, "I grew up in a large family and my love of food and cooking came from the big family meals we always shared together, prepared by my mother, who was a wonderful cook. My father loved to grow vegetables and fruit in our garden and so I grew up appreciating the flavours of the freshest foods, picked that day and simply prepared."
Judi Spiers is a true 'Devon Maid' who returned to her home ground after spending several years with BBC Radio 2. A highly experienced and respected broadcaster and interviewer, Judi worked - most notably - at the old Pebble Mill studios and for Westward TV and TSW, being a popular face both at home in the South West and further afield. After 15 years hosting her own BBC Radio Devon show Judi continues to be one of the South West's most recognisable celebrity's with charity work being a passion of hers.
Children's author David Lawrence Jones was born in a mining village called Ravenfield near Rotherham in South Yorkshire. He writes adventure stories and penned his first book back in 1999. David's published works include the popular Bradley Baker series and since becoming patron he has recently created a new picture book series called Jig & Saw. David is passionate about FFC and the children he has met - they inspired him to write the rhyming prose, based on the delicate subject of adoption. The new books follow the adventures of two colourful characters (inspired by the jigsaw design of FFC's logo). David now resides in Torquay with his wife Tracey and their youngest child. You can find out more about David's books and his involvement with FFC here http://www.jigsawbooks.com