From Eoghan’s Archive 4: May 2011 – ’208′ fostering radio documentary

Sheila and babies in garden


In March 2011, I was working on a 28-minute radio documentary and I said that I hoped to make it available soon. I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been true to my word and now, only two years late (and on World Radio Day), I can present my first ever radio documentary: 208.

This tells the story of my grandmother, Sheila Hayes, who fostered (an estimated) 208 children over a 25-year period. Unfortunately she died well in advance of my decision to tell her story, but I asked my mother and aunt (herself adopted by my grandparents) to build a picture of their mother.

The sound quality and general production could be better, but give it a listen and decide for yourself. If you’re interested in fostering, know someone who might be, or would just like to make a genuine difference to a child’s life, please go to the Irish Foster Care Association website. You don’t need to foster a child (or 208), a donation is equally helpful.

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