A ‘SUPERDAD’ was given an early-morning wake-up call with a difference when a national TV programme dropped in to award him.
Russell Caunt had been nominated by his daughter for ITV’s morning show, Daybreak, who last week were looking for extra-special dads to visit in the run up to Fathers’ Day.
Each morning they turned up on doorsteps around the country to award a selection of unsuspecting fathers with a Superdad trophy.
And presenter Gethin Jones and a camera crew were filming live on Western Avenue, Mansfield, on Thursday morning to spring the surprise on 52-year-old Russell.
Along with the glass trophy, the keen fisherman was also presented with a new tackle box by ITV’s River Monsters’ presenter Jeremy Wade.
Explaining her decision to nominate Russell, his daughter Stacey said: “Two years ago my parents decided to foster children, and have now had 18 different kids live with them in the last two years.
“Having had my own little boy I realised how hard it is and it made me think ‘wow’ about how my dad does it all, he has always had to work two jobs and he works so hard, I just thought he really deserved it.
“They knocked on the door at 7.20am , I think he was a bit shocked!”
Russell worked as a miner, mechanic, lorry driver and a doorman, before giving them up to be a full-time foster carer.
He admitted Thursday’s visit took him by surprise.
He said: “We have Daybreak on in the morning, and as I walked down the hall to answer the door I recognised the balloons!
“When I looked through the glass the whole yard was full of people.
“It was a real surprise but it was very nice of them.
Stuart McFeat, a producer for ITV, said: “With the fostering and the time he has spent with these children trying to make their lives better, we thought he deserved it.”