Strictly Come Dancing star Russell Grant has shown his support for the charity Adoption Matters Northwest ahead of his appearance on the hit TV show this month.
Psychic Russell, who lives in North Wales and has been touted as one of this year’s viewer’s favourites, has offered his support for the charity’s poetry competition by offering his own take on this year’s theme of ‘The Magic of Family’.
“The Magic of Family is the key to a happy and long life. To Trust, to guide, to advise, to help all – wrapped up with love,” Russell comments.
“White, black, gay, straight, couples, old or young – who cares if the love and protection is there to create the Magic of Family!”
The competition was launched last month to highlight the plight of thousands of children, many from the North West, who are in care and waiting for the opportunity to be part of a new adoptive family.
People of all ages across Cheshire & North East Wales, Merseyside, Manchester and Lancashire are being invited to submit their own original poetry with the theme of ‘The Magic of Family’ expressing what family means to them.
Russell, who has been paired with Flavia Cacace on the show, was keen to show his support for the competition as two of his close friends were adopted with one of them going on to adopt a child too.
Chief Executive of AMNW, Norman Goodwin explains: “We are delighted to have the support of such a high profile celebrity as Russell Grant for our competition – especially as he has taken time out of his very busy dancing schedule to put pen to paper for us.
“With as many as one in four people likely to have some direct link with adoption – whether through friends or family, we hope that Russell’s support will encourage even more people from across the North West to perhaps think about becoming adopters themselves and give these children a new family.”
Due to an unprecedented response the competition deadline has been extended until the 19 October and entries will be judged by a panel of established writers and poets from across the region. A celebration event will be staged at the prestigious Lowry in Manchester on 30 October.
To enter the competition, just email your poem to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Adoption Poetry Competition, de Winter PR & Marketing, Fidelity House, 12a Stocks Lane, Chester, CH3 5TF with your name, age and contact details.