Norwich Remembers Facebook group helps local woman with search for long lost family
- Credit: Ann Greenacre
A woman from Norfolk who was put in care as a child has been given a helping hand in finding her remaining family thanks to the good people of Norwich and social media.
Anne Greenacre has started a search for her long lost relatives using the Evening News Facebook Group, Norwich Remembers.
Responses to the retired 56-year-old's heartfelt post flooded in immediately, with people coming forward to share memories and photos of her parents and uncle Paul (known affectionately as Jumma).
Born in Norwich, Ms Greenacre (formerly Hunt) lived with her mother until she was roughly six years old, but was placed in care through children's charity Barnardo's after her mother's health deteriorated.
'The first time I was in care, a gentleman called Peter who I believed to be one of my mother's friends would come and visit me.
'He'd pick me up and take me into Norwich for the day,' said Ms Greenacre. 'Later on I discovered he was actually my father and he put in for custody of me.'
Once custody was granted, she lived with her father, stepmother Maureen and four half-brothers in 1971 for just over a year before tragedy struck and Peter was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
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'Maureen already had several children of her own and then suddenly her husband was ill and it all just became too much for her.
'Social services got involved and I ended up being placed back in care. It was a lot to go through but I completely understand why I had to go,' said Ms Greenacre.
Ms Greenacre, who now lives in Walpole Highway, west Norfolk, added: 'My father passed away shortly after I went into care the second time and then my grandmother, who I'd been speaking with, died as well and over the years I just lost contact with everyone else. Growing up, I lived in a family unit but I never really had a true family, what I'd like more than anything is to make contact with any relatives I have left. My children have grown up now and it would be nice to have more people around.'
Ms Greenacre is grateful for the support she has experienced so far and plans to continue on with her search. 'I've been in contact with one of my cousins, who has sent me photos of my family and given me a few names of other cousins who I'm going to look up online. They said that two of my uncles are also still alive.
'I'd love to hear from them and my half brothers, Kim, Nigel, Shaun and Simon.'
Do you think you know one of Anne's relatives? Visit the Norwich Remembers page on Facebook to help her with the search.
• Do you think you know one of Anne's relatives? Visit the Norwich Remembers page on Facebook to help her with the search.