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Ant and Dec surprise as committed foster carers Carolann and Malcolm given 'holiday of a lifetime'

Children and young people

Monday, 17 June 2024
Carolann and Malcolm Bullock

It's fair to say Malcolm and Carolann Bullock have had their share of surprises during almost 25 years as foster carers in Middlesbrough.

But none could prepare them for their unscheduled appearance on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway earlier this year.

The couple, who have cared for well over 200 children in their time, thought they were heading to London to watch a family friend perform a dance routine on the show in February.

But when they got there, they found out they were among more than 100 foster carers who had been invited onto the show in recognition of the amazing dedication and love they've shown countless young people.

And the couple, who still open their home to babies and toddlers, were given a shock gift on the show - a luxury holiday - and the pair "absolutely loved the experience".

Malcolm, 60, said: "The producers had actually got in touch with our daughters on Facebook to see if they could get us down to the show.

"Carolann isn't the biggest fan of travelling, but she did it as we thought a family friend was on the show - when we got there, we were gobsmacked.

"But it was a fantastic day, we were treated brilliantly and met everyone on the show who were really friendly and gave everyone a lot of their time."

The couple still haven't chosen a destination for their holiday but are excited to go on what they describe as a true "trip of a lifetime".

Carolann, 55, said the reaction from their friends, family and those who they've cared for over the years was "gorgeous".

"Our phones didn't stop with people sending screenshots of us on TV, it was really funny," she said.

"It was a total shock. We just didn't expect it, it's lovely to be recognised, and even after we realised why we had been invited I was still expecting to see our friend perform!"

And in a message to other potential foster carers, she continued: "We are looking forward to our 25th year as foster carers and we still love it as much as we did on the first day - the only regret we've ever said we have had is that we didn't start sooner.

"Anyone who is thinking of becoming a foster carer should just go for it."

Those who are interested in fostering are being encouraged to visit Foster With North East to start their own journey.