A U.K. couple has fostered 144 children since 2000 and say they wouldn’t change a thing.
Many Bright, 62, and her husband Joe, 67, started taking in emergency placements in West Derby, Liverpool in 2000, and never slowed down.
The children stay with them from anywhere between one night and two years, according to the Daily Mail .
They also take in vulnerable young parents and their children.
The Brights have one biological son.
Mandy, a retired civil servant, said she takes after her own parents and grandparents who also fostered children.
“I grew up around foster children so I knew fostering was something I always wanted to do,” Bright told the Daily Mail .
“It’s not always easy, but knowing that we make a difference is what keeps us going. We always said if we could make a difference to just one child’s life, it would all be worth it.
“And we know we have changed many children’s lives because they come back and tell us. I have stayed in contact with many of our foster children.”
The children come from homes where there is drug or alcohol abuse and/or mental health issues.
“We had a 16-year-old mother once who had become homeless while pregnant. We had a brilliant success with her. She went on to become a brilliant parent to her little boy,” Bright said.
One of their foster children, a daughter, has become part of their family and her children view Mandy and Joe as their grandparents.