A FAMILY are desperately seeking a 'forever home' after the house they believed would be a long-term rental solution could be put on the market.

Karen and Alan Jessop, from Scorton near Richmond, have five grown up children, but the big-hearted couple have also fostered dozen of youngsters over the years and have four adopted children: Joshua, 11, Summer-Jane, 20, Ryan, four, and Logan, three.

In the face of the stress of having to find a suitable home, eldest son Joshua – who is particularly distressed by the prospect of being 'homeless' – is comforted by his favourite Ant and Dec programme, Saturday Night Takeaway.

He dreams of winning his family a "Place on the Plane" to the Geordie duo's luxury holiday at the end of the series – which this year is to Disney World, Florida.

Three of the children have complicated medical needs, including Joshua, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder characterised by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

It is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact, and over time he will need to increasingly use a wheelchair.

Summer-Jane has developmental trauma issues from previous experiences in foster care; while Ryan has chronic lung disease, and can stop breathing at night.

Mrs Jessop said: "This year has been incredibly difficult. We started off the New Year feeling really hopeful that we were settled in a long-term home that we were able to make alterations in to make it fully accessible for Joshua, but then we were told the owners were selling it.

"It is very difficult to find suitable properties that can accommodate us and our needs. I've started a crowd funding appeal to raise the money to buy somewhere we could convert but that isn't easy either!

"Added to this, Alan has recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumour and we are still awaiting his results. To go on a family holiday and forget about the stress would be amazing."