THE national charity, Missing People, based in East Sheen, has received this funding since 2008, thanks to the ongoing support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The charity exists to ease the heartache experienced by those missing someone, and to help people who are away from home, find their way back to safety.
Missing People provides free, confidential support, help and advice by phone, email, text and online chat, including the opportunity to reconnect. They also coordinate a UK wide network of people, businesses and media to join the search for the estimated 176,000 people who go missing each year.
During the lockdown, the charity saw more vulnerable adults making contact with their Helpline due to the pandemic’s impact on their mental health, mixed with the difficulties of accessing support services. This came at a time when funding for charities was also taking a hit.
Jo Youle, Missing People Chief Executive, said:
“£7.5 million is a huge achievement and has ensured there is a lifeline for vulnerable missing people, and we’ve been able to be there when they needed it most. During the toughest year for so many people and a tough year for the charity too, support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery has enabled us to stay open, work remotely, including our amazing helpline team, and support over 9000 people directly affected by missing.”
Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:
“The support that Missing People provide is crucial to people all over the country. I’m honoured that funding thanks to players has helped the charity operate throughout lockdown, so they can continue to deliver vital services to people who are missing and their loved ones.”
For help, advice or support or to pass on information about a missing person, you can call or text Missing People, confidentially, on 116 000 or email email@example.com.
Your calls and texts are free thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. You can donate to support their vital services here: www.missingpeople.org.uk or by signing up to play People’s Postcode Lottery.