To mark Father's Day, we asked the hard-working Dads across the projects here at Children North East their thoughts about fatherhood and what it means to them. 


father and baby

Mark Thompson, Families & Parenting Service

"Being a dad isn't about being blood.  It’s about being the person who extends their hands, time and heart. It's about lots of anxiety, hard work, sacrifices, pain, happiness, disappointments, excitement  – the everyday emotional roller coaster you go through.  

"That moment when people comment about how amazing your child is and how they are valued by their friends and teachers; that they make a difference in so many people's lives and that they have suddenly turned into this caring, responsible and independent human being who is able to look at the world through new eyes.

"Most of all, the best thing about being a dad is when your child comes up to you for no reason at all, gives you a hug and says, “I love you dad.”

Jeremy Cripps, Chief Executive

"It's not until you become a Dad that you realise what unconditional love really is. I would do anything for my girls, I think they appreciate that even more now they're in their twenties, it's good to know someone's at your back just in case.

"On the other hand it's also the reason why they can wind me round their little finger!"

father and son

Luke Bramhall, Schools Research & Delivery Lead

"The best thing about being a dad are those beaming faces looking up at me when I walk in the room, those little moments of love and affection, a little cuddle when my son says 'I love you Daddy' for no reason at all, those tears of joy when we spend hours looking for something and realise my toddler has put it down her top, and those quiet moments at the end of the day when I can sit down with my baby in my arms and stare at her perfect little face knowing that she is happy, safe, secure and loved."

Sean Soulsby, Lead Practitioner Young People's Service

"The best thing about being a dad is having an excuse for poor dancing skills! On a more serious note one of the best things is being able to be a positive role model for my sons, being a provider and protector and being seen by them as some sort of superhuman! It also gives me an excuse to play with Lego and cars at 35 and get socks and Malteasers as gifts at Christmas and birthdays."

Peter Toolan, Clinical Lead NEWPIP

"The best thing about being a dad is having a child who loves you and thinks you're good fun"


How we help families

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