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X Factor's Lucy Spraggan has fostered 12 children while having fertility treatment

Singer said fostering has been "nothing but rewarding"

X Factor singer Lucy Spraggan has revealed she and her wife are having fertility treatment in order to have a baby.

In the meantime, the singer said they are getting plenty of practice at being parents as they have opened up their home to children in need.

The couple have become foster parents, taking in 12 children so far - ranging in ages from newborns to teenagers.

Lucy and her wife Georgina have fostered 12 children while they try for a child of their own (Credit: WENN )

Lucy, 27, told The Mirror that she and Georgina decided to act after seeing the plight of homeless Syrian refugee children on the news.

We're having fertility treatment ourselves, so it's all good practice.

"The next day we headed to our local fostering centre in Stockport to see if we could help," she said.

After being assessed, the pair were approved and have since looked after a number of children from various backgrounds on a short-term basis.

Lucy, who made it to The X Factor final in 2012, said the youngsters love it when she plays her guitar and sings to them, and she even takes the older ones along to her gigs.

Lucy's foster children love listening to her play the guitar (Credit: ITV)

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She said their experience of fostering has been "nothing but rewarding" - but the sleepless nights that come with caring for a newborn "were a shock".

However, the couple who married in 2016, are treating it as excellent prep for hopefully welcoming their own child one day.

"Babies were an eye-opener... We're having fertility treatment ourselves, so it's all good practice," she said.

Lucy spoke to the newspaper to urge other people to become foster carers, saying it is "so much easier than you think".

Lucy and Georgina have found foster parenting very rewarding (Credit: Instagram)

She admitted the worse thing about it is when she has to say goodbye to the children, as they can only commit to short-term care due to her work commitments.

"When it's time to say goodbye, it's heartbreaking when the kids say they wish they could stay, but we make sure they have somewhere to go before they leave," she said.

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In the UK, there are more than 65,000 children living with foster families.

The Fostering Network estimates a need to recruit a further 7,220 foster families in the next year so they can continue to help everyone in need.

Lucy has urged people to apply, saying "you could change someone's life".

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