Haverhill woman's reunion with her brother and mother to feature on hit TV show
The remarkable story of how a Haverhill woman was reunited with her brother 50 years after he was put up for adoption will feature on the next episode of the hit ITV show Long Lost Family.
On Monday night’s show presenters Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall will guide viewers through the story of Croydon-raised Nicholas Rhoades, 50, his Haverhill-based sister Cayley Cox, 52 and their mother, Jackie Cruz, 83, who for 45 years has lived in America.
In a twist that was a first for Long Lost Family – now in its ninth series – Nicholas actually drove to Cayley’s home in Haverhill several years ago after he found the address on his birth certificate.
He had been adopted and raised by a family in Croydon and after his adoptive mum’s sudden death when he was a teenager, he later decided to find out more about his heritage.
Nicholas read his mum’s name and her address at the time of his birth on his birth certificate and with his wife Sandra drove to the house in Haverhill with the intention of knocking on the door and asking about his birth mother.
He said: “We sort of sat here for about half hour, looking at the door, contemplating it.”
He had sat outside the house in his car, but, worried that he would disrupt someone’s life, his conscience stopped him from going through with it. “That could really upset someone and turn their life upside down.
“You know, you can’t just barge in on somebody else’s life like that.”
He could not have known who was on the other side of that door, waiting for him.
Inside the house was Cayley, who had known about Nicholas for more than 30 years and in the hope that her brother would one day turn up there she had never left the home in which she was raised by her grandmother Beatrice.
She said: “I’ve been waiting here for my brother over 30 years now.
“I know that sounds mad but this is where mum was, and I thought if I stayed here he would know where to come. He’d know – find his way home.”
Nicholas and Cayley go on to have an emotional reunion at the Three Hills pub in Bartlow before the duo then travel to Newmarket one month later to meet Jackie.
To see it tune in to ITV at 9pm.
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