The Fostering Network is delighted to announce that Ashley-John Baptiste has become an ambassador for the charity.
Ashley entered care at the age of four, before going on to fulfil his potential in the field of education where he studied at Cambridge University and acted as a mentor for other students who were care experienced. He now works as a broadcast journalist for the BBC.
Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: “The Fostering Network is thrilled to have Ashley John-Baptiste as an ambassador for our charity. He is a young man who has worked hard at every turn to achieve his goals, and now he uses the skills and knowledge that he has gained throughout his life to positivity influence children and young people who still live in foster care.
“However, in his role as an ambassador for The Fostering Network he won’t just be inspiring children and young people – Ashley will inspire a nation, with his warmth and generous spirit, to come forward and consider becoming a fostering family.”
Ashley’s first activities in this role were to back the annual Foster Care Fortnight campaign, and to host a special reception at the House of Lords where a care experienced young person was given an award in recognition of her campaigning work on behalf of fostered children.
In September Ashley will host the 2016 Fostering Excellence Awards, continuing on from his role presenting an award alongside the Duchess of Cambridge at the 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards.