A woman was in tears when her long-lost half-sister revealed how their deceased father would have “moved heaven and earth to reach her” had he known her existence.
63-year-old Kathleen Fraser Jackson from Wembley, North West London, was offered for adoption at just three months old and has spent years trying to find her birth family – despite having five children and twelve grandchildren of her own.
In a previous episode of Long Lost Family that aired in 2019, the grandmother met her birth mother Kathleen Senior, 83, and her maternal half-sister Jean, 69, while another DNA match led to her paternal half-brother, Teddy.
But in the emotional episode of tonight’s ITV show, Kathleen returned to discover more about her late father and his side of the family on a trip to his hometown of Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica.
On arrival, she first met her youngest sister Peta Gay, who revealed that her late father would have done anything to meet Kathleen if he had known about her.
The moving moment Kathleen Fraser Jackson, 63, from Wembley, North West London, finally met her sister Peta Gay for the first time in tonight’s episode of ITV’s Long Lost Family
Kathleen Fraser Jackson (pictured right, with her half-sister, left) was offered for adoption at just three months old. They met in the photo in Jamaica
“I was shocked,” Peta Gay revealed, remembering that she had been told she had another sibling. She already has a brother and two other sisters, whom Kathleen had previously met in London.
“If our father knew he had another child out there, he would have moved heaven and earth to get you with us. I’m so sorry you didn’t meet him, ”added Peta Gay.
An emotional Kathleen tried to hold back tears and admitted, “That makes me sad.”
Her half sister offered some comfort and continued, “He was a wonderful person, very kind, very cheerful, very happy. I know he is looking at us now and smiling. ‘
Kathleen and her half-sister went for a drink and made up for their lives during their very first meeting (photo)
Kathleen (pictured right, with her half-sister, left) was left in tears after her long-lost half-sister revealed how their deceased father would have ‘moved heaven and earth to come to her’ had he known her existence
The couple then visited Blowfire Mountain, where Kathleen’s half-brothers and sister and father had lived in a house without electricity and floors decades earlier.
“This is as far from my life in London as you could ever get,” admitted Kathleen. “Did I think it could be in my blood? Never in a million years. “
The mountain is also home to Kathleen’s father’s grave, with the community worker paying her respects and saying, “I never knew you, but I feel you.”
She continued, “I feel a tremendous sense of loss that I haven’t had a chance to see him.
‘[But] I feel part of my father’s story, even though I wasn’t there at the time, it’s very powerful. ‘
Kathleen ended her family reunion by meeting the mother of three Peta Gay’s two sons and her granddaughter at a bonfire.
“It was great to meet Kathleen, she’s already a member of the family. This is just the beginning, ‘the youngest sibling told the cameras.
In a 2019 episode of Long Lost Family, the grandmother met her birth mother Kathleen Senior (center), 83, and her maternal half-sister Jean (pictured right), 69, while another DNA match led to her paternal half-brother, Teddy
Following the sentiment, Kathleen, who spent 12 years with Peta Gay and now maintains regular contact with her sister, said, “This evening was one of the best nights ever.
“Peta Gay is the prettiest sister you could wish for and they accepted me as part of the family. Finally it feels like I have roots. That I am rooted. It is the best feeling. ‘
Kathleen’s adopted mother died when she was only three, and her adopted father put her at boarding school at five before she remarried and had a family of her own.
She previously admitted, “It was not a happy childhood, I didn’t feel part of the family and honestly thought no one cared.”
Recalling when she discovered she was 14 years old, she collapsed and explained, “I was sitting across from the counselor when a page that said ‘adopted child’ fell – and I looked alone.
London-based Kathleen has regular contact with her half-sister Jean (pictured together), who lives in Scotland
“I felt like I lost a mother twice. I felt like no one, like nobody’s child. So I wanted to find my birth mother. ‘
When she was old enough, Kathleen had access to her adoption file for more information. She understood that her birth mother was a ‘society lady’ who had become pregnant with a Jamaican man studying in the UK. It was clear that her birth mother was not supported by her family.
Apparently when I was born, my grandmother, my birth mother said, “I accept everything, but I don’t accept a black child in this family,” Kathleen revealed.
A DNA test resulted in Kathleen finding her mother, who then lived in Canada and had moved from West Kensington years earlier.
Kathleen senior told presenter Nicky Campbell that as a young single mother, she wanted to do better for Kathleen, especially given the social stigma of the time.
She then said that years before she had Kathleen Junior, she gave birth to another baby, a daughter, also born to a Jamaican father when she was just 18.
Jean is found in Edinburgh, Scotland, after being adopted at Aberdeen at six months old – and during last year’s episode, she met her mother and half-sister Kathleen, who all three kept in touch.