A woman who was adopted when she was only six months old has launched a desperate plea for help to find her birth mother in Hartlepool.
Joy Spencer has travelled from Spain to set up home in the town as she tries to trace her lost family.
The 63-year-old has always known she was adopted, but it is only in the past few years she has found a clue as to where her birth mother was from.
Now, she is on a mission to find the family she has grown up without before it’s too late.
Former carer Ms Spencer said: “I’ve been to the house which is on my adoption records, but the person who is living there had never heard of my mum.
“My parents have always told me I was adopted and never hid that fact from me.
I would love to find them before it’s too late.Joy Spencer
“They were wonderful parents and I had a really happy childhood.
“But I would really like to find my birth mum, to find out if I have any brothers or sisters or any other family.
“No one is getting any younger and I would love to find them before it’s too late.”
Ms Spencer, who is an artist, was born in Wolverhampton on April 19, 1952, to a Joan Beck whose address on the birth certificate is given as Glentower Grove, Seaton Carew, West Hartlepool.
She was cared for by her birth mother until she was six months old when she was adopted by Norman and Audrey Spencer in 1952.
Her adoptive father died when she was 11 years old, she lost her adoptive mum when she was 19.
She moved to Spain in 2000.
But now back in the UK, she has launched the bid to find her family.
“Until now, I have never been to the North East before. I’ve always wanted to find her, but until I managed to get my adoption certificate, I had no where to start looking.
“I had tried to get a copy before but without any luck. But now I have this, it’s a start.”
Ms Spencer, who is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists, believes either her mum or father may have possibly been an artist or had a talent for art.
Anyone who has information or who can help Ms Spencer in her quest to find her family is asked to contact 0747 0588 447.