For the first time in almost 30 years, an actor will be reunited with his long-lost foster carer – after being inspired by a character from a Channel 4 series in which he appeared.
Vauxhall Jermain, from Nottingham, has not seen Terri Sleightholme, with whom he lived in the Bobbers Mill in the city for a year, since the 1980s.
But now, after he has contacted Twitter and contacted her, the Actor of The Virtues will travel to Yorkshire for an emotional reunion.
In a conversation with FEMAIL, Vauxhall said triumphantly: & I found her! I received an e-mail from her cousin, I spoke to her on the phone for half an hour and I will see her this week. & # 39;
Vauxhall Jermain has not seen Terri Sleightholme, with whom he has lived in the Bobbers Mill in Nottingham since the 1980s. He is depicted with her (right) and his foster brother Carwyn
The actor, who also appeared in This is England 90, received a series of responses to his plea on Twitter last week.
He wrote: & # 39; Hello internet, this is a longshot BUT I was promoted about a year in the 80s by a woman named Terri Sleightholme who lived in the old Bobbers Mill district of Nottingham.
& # 39; I remember that she took good care of me and would like to find her and thank her for her kindness. Help? & # 39;
A PR company, Noir et Noire PR, offered to go through hundreds of comments, emails, and social media direct messages that Vauxhall received and discovered that his foster brother had contacted.
Vauxhall (pictured left in a scene from The Virtues) was inspired by the character Joseph of Stephen Graham (right), who goes to Ireland to bring together & # 39; aspects of his cared for life & # 39;
Although he thought it was a & # 39; longshot & # 39; was, Vauxhall handed out his followers for all the information about his former caretaker, named Terry, from the Bobbers Mill district of Nottingham.
Amazingly, after starting with only a name and location, Vauxhall now has childhood photos of him and his foster brother Carwyn with Terry – and even talked to her on the phone.
& # 39; It was really great to talk to her, & # 39; Vauxhall said, adding: & # 39; She explained how she fought to keep me, but the social services pulled me further.
& # 39; She lives in North Yorkshire – coincidentally not far from where I went to boarding school! & # 39;
Vauxhall, depicted in a scene from The Virtues, received a huge amount of reactions to his plea on Twitter and will travel to Yorkshire this week to visit his foster mother
After the discovery, Vauxhall wrote on social media: & # 39; TWITTER THANK YOU SO MUCH! I have just spoken with my foster mother on the phone. I'm going to see her this week!
& # 39; To EVERY single person who emailed, dm & # 39; d, tweeted, sms & # 39; te, sent, sent messages, I am really humble. ABSOLUTE LEGENDS YOU. & # 39;
Since being raised as a child, Vauxhall has forged a successful career as an actor and played David in the successful Channel 4 drama by Shane Meadows.
Meadows has talked about his own attempts to find the brothers who abused him in the forest when he was only nine years old, while saying that while he was in therapy, he had the urge to find them & # 39; # 39; in adulthood.
& # 39; After reading Shane's story and seeing how Stephen Graham's character returns to Ireland to bring aspects of his care life together, it made me think about my time in a children's home in Nottingham, & # 39; he explained.
Vauxhall (left) pictured with his foster brother Carwyn – who contacted him and together delivered photos of their childhood
A delighted Vauxhall went to Twitter last night to thank his followers and to tell him that he had spoken with Terry and will be traveling to her house this week to visit her
& # 39; After the show was broadcast, I thought, I will try and see if I can trace my journey back. & # 39;
Vauxhall said he was also inspired by the story of Mevan Babakar, 29, who was reunited last week with a man who worked in a Dutch refugee camp where she lived in the 1990s.
A man who worked there had given her a bicycle in a moving act of kindness that she always remembered, and after a plea on Twitter, Mevan born in Iraq was reunited with Egbert 24 years later.
& # 39; The story of that woman was amazing and inspired me to see if Twitter and the internet could help me too. The kind act that the man showed her when she was a refugee had remained with her all her life, & Vauxhall said.
Vauxhall said he was also inspired by the story of Mevan Babakar, 29, who was reunited last week with a man who worked in a Dutch refugee camp where she lived in the 1990s and gave her a bike
& # 39; It reminded me of how Terry made me feel when she cherished me. I remembered the area where she lived, her name and when I thought of her when I was growing up, I got a really warm feeling inside – I assume that's how a real mother-son relationship felt, & he added to it.
Vauxhall – who also appeared in the James Corden animation by Peter Rabbit and TV mini-series This is England & # 39; 90 – said he contacted social services in Nottingham, but they had no report from Terry.
"I got my social services file about nine years ago, took me to a nice African-Caribbean restaurant and read it well – it was like reading someone else's life," he said.
& # 39; Then I realized that I had about four or five different foster carers. But I didn't remember anything. They have small descriptions in my file, but when I read about Terry, they had written almost half a page about her. & # 39;
Vauxhall, shown at the world premiere of & # 39; The Intent 2: The Come Up & # 39; at Cineworld Leicester Square last year. He said he always remembers that Terry took good care of him
Vauxhall said Terry's file explained how much she cared about me and wanted to help me.
& # 39; I think it might have said something about her who might also want to adopt me. After reading, I no longer had that warm feeling; maybe it was closure, but in a nice way, & he said.
He added that the response to his tweet & # 39; absolutely insane & # 39; Has been.
& # 39; My Twitter has just exploded with very nice people around the world trying to help me! & # 39; he told FEMAIL.
Vauxhall is also a former professional soccer player who played for Lewes FC and Braintree FC.
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