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80 year old foster mother Birdie McDonald recognised in Tesco advert

Published: 21 June 2017

You may have heard of Birdie McDonald. She has recently found fame as the newest star of Tesco’s Food Love Stories Campaign.

But there is much more to Birdie than the Jerk Chicken story she tells in the campaign. This great lady, born in 1937, has fostered over 800 children over the last 50 years, having opened her home to her first foster child in 1975.

Her first child was called Janet, a seven-year-old, who remained part of her family until adulthood.

Birdie comments: “I think I’ve always been a bit of a mother figure, even from very young when I looked after my small siblings. As an adult, being able to foster has been more rewarding than I could have imagined. Yes, it’s demanding but bringing young people into your home, giving them love and watching them blossom is the best thing I could imagine doing with my life. My motto was always keep listening and learning.”

At 80 years old, Birdie deserves a bit of recognition for the amazing opportunity she has given all those children to be a part of a loving family. In addition to her starring Tesco role, she has been awarded an MBE for her services to children, Woman of the Year and has been a Pride of Britain winner.

Not all of us would be cut out for the challenges of fostering so I think we can all appreciate what a wonderful lady Birdie is.

Birdie is featuring in Tesco’s Food Love Stories. Find out more here