Actors have backed a campaign to encourage more people across Hertfordshire to become foster carers.

Journalist Esther Rantzen and Eastenders actress Kacey Ainsworth are among the stars who have pledged to support the county wide Foster Care Fortnight, from May 13 to 26.

Officials are keen to find parents from the local area, to allow children who need to be fostered to stay in the same school and keep the same friends.

Esther Rantzen, who is also a presenter and a children’s campaigner, said: “I have met a lot of foster carers over the years and I know it transforms lives and gives love and security, often for the first time in their lives.

“I cannot emphasise enough how much difference it makes to a child’s life. It is not always easy but it is certainly rewarding.”

Kacey Ainsworth, who plays Little Mo in the popular soap, was keen to offer her support as her mother was fostered.

She said: “If you are thinking about a way to make a genuine and positive difference to the world, you should think about fostering.”

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