Missing People celebrated ten years of support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery in Edinburgh last week.
Stephen Fry paid tribute to the players on Twitter with an exclusive video release and reference to the vital support Missing People provides.
The £6.6m worth of funding has enabled the charity to provide 24/7 confidential and free support to people who go missing and their loved ones left waiting and hoping for news.
Missing People’s CEO Jo Youle said:
“The players’ support has been fantastic, it has given us the resources to help thousands of people, and campaign to keep issues around disappearances in the public eye.”
Trustee Andy McKay who has personal experience of missing, and Edinburgh poet and activist Jo McFarlane, who has been missing several times herself, shared their stories with PPL staff.
“Going missing in response to feeling overwhelmed was something I learnt early on in life as a strategy to cope.
“Being missing far from home is a heady mix of fear, distress and guilt at having caused worry to your loved ones. It takes a long time to rebuild trust and some people never forgive or even acknowledge the hurt.
“I’m very grateful to the Missing People charity, and everyone else who took my welfare seriously and cared enough to intervene. I’m grateful to be back safe and sound.”
Andy, sharing his experience as a former senior policeman in Scotland and his family’s experience of missing, said:
“Missing People is more than a support service, the charity is the voice of people affected by the disappearance in the system, there to understand and help them to cope.”
Lorna Menzies, MD at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:
“Missing People makes a huge difference to the lives of those who are missing and to their loved ones left at home. I am so proud that over the last 10 years that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have been able to support this fantastic charity to continue with its important work.”
Missing People is available 24/7 via the free and confidential helpline on 116 000 for anyone affected by a disappearance. The charity also shares appeals for missing people via print and social media, and throughout of home digital advertising in locations around the country.