Over the years, they’ve taken in dozens of children and young people who have needed a little extra support in life.
But now foster parents Debbie and John Mossemenear face having to leave the home that’s made all that possible – and the likely end of their fostering career.
And their bid to save secure their future in the property where they have lived for 21 years has now seen them become the target of online trolling.
The couple live on the outskirts of Abergavenny, in a large home which has enabled them to take in 27 people over the past 13 years.
But Llanover Estates which owns the property has decided to sell it and given them notice to quit.
The estate has valued the property at £425,000, a price tag out of the reach of the couple, aged 60 and 62.
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Earlier this month, their hopes of local business buying the property and renting it back to Debbie and John fell through.
So reluctantly they launched a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise the money they need to buy the property so they can continue fostering some of the most vulnerable youngsters – and immediately triggered an online backlash.
Debbie said: “We expected some flack, but it has been horrific. I did not expect it to be so personal. That is not what we are here for.
“It is about us being able to foster because we live in a big house. We have taken in siblings, and mother and children placements.
“We have a post 18 placement and we have promised she can stay with us until she is ready. She is as much a part of our family as any of the children who stay with us. The GoFundMe page was very much a last resort.
“We are not asking for money for us to stay here, we can stay somewhere else – we have a two up two down, which is in a different local authority area, and we can sell that to put towards buying this property.
“We want to stay in a house that is big enough that means we can continue to foster, and we want to stay in this area because our fostering network is here, our support bubble is in this town”.
The couple began fostering 13 years ago – at the persuasion of John, who works in sales of car parts.
Before that, Debbie had been reluctant, even though her own mother had been a foster carer when she was a child.
They have since taken part in the local authority’s campaign to try and encourage others to be foster carers.
“I swore I would never do it,” she said.
“I remember being heart broken when the children moved on.
“I never believed I could love other children after loving my own children.
“But then I realised you can love all sorts of childrren.
“My husband persuaded me, but it took three years.
“You get some flack because people think you are highly paid for it but you are not.
“You get some support, but fostering needs to be treated as a profession.
“We have had 27 children and young people over the years, some for a short period, some for a couple of years”.
The couple have met with financial advisers, Monmouthshire County Council social services, and contacted councillors and their local MP for advice about how they might be able to stay in the property.
In a final, desperate bid, daughters Jen and Meg launched the GoFundMe page – in full knowledge they may receive criticism.
“I know we are in lockdown and people have lost jobs and businesses but we are hoping people understand where we are coming from with our appeal.
‘‘We know it’s a lot to ask but if everyone in the county donated just a £1 each we would have enough to buy.
“We are more than happy to carry on renting the property if a local business wanted to buy it and do that.
“It really, really isn’t just about us staying in a big house. We love being foster carers and it’s about us being able to continue doing that, which we don’t think we will be able to if we have to move out.
“It is a way to help us to help these children. The big house gives us the flexibility with the local authority if they want to place say four siblings with us.
“That really is all it is about, but some of abuse we have received has been unbelievable”.
She added: “The estate has been supportive and has given us extra time, but then the pandemic struck, and we have had children throughout, and obviously the government stopped evictions”.
A spokeswoman for the Llanover Estate said: “We have tried to be as helpful as possible since September 2019 which is a year and a half ago.
“We have liaised closely with Monmouthshire County Council in the interests of one foster child who was being cared for last year.
“Debbie and John have decided until now not to return to their own home which they own. We wish them well for the future.”
You can visit the go GoFundMe page here.