28th June 2013
10km run to raise awareness of missing people across the UK
Missing People offers a lifeline to the 250,000 people who go missing or
run away in the UK each year. With support from players of People's Postcode
Lottery, the charity has gone from strength to strength and has been successful
in reuniting many families. The
experts at Missing People also provide specialised services to ease the
confusion and suffering of those left behind, the families and loved ones of
charity recently marked its 20th anniversary with Miles for Missing People, a 10km run which
took place on the beautiful Clapham Common in London. Hundreds of runners were
keen to highlight the amazing work of Missing People and, wearing a missing
person's poster on their backs, these runners further raised the profile of the
charity itself. The event, which took
place on 25th May, coincided with International
Missing Children's Day and was also supported by many celebrity
Speaking at the run, Henry Shelford, Major Gifts Manager of
Missing People said: "This is Missing People's flagship event for
runners, supporters and families but mainly a family support day where families
can get together, run the 10K but also get a great deal of support from one another."
Jo Youle, CEO of Missing People, also highlighted the
importance of the event: "There are so
many families here today who have someone missing and for them it's a chance to
get together, to meet other families who are in the same position as they are. All
of this is thanks to players of
People's Postcode Lottery who provide the most amazing support for our charity
and we are so grateful for that support."
music from the amazing Rock Choir and a lively Zumba class to get things warmed up, the event
got off to a great start. All those who crossed the finish line received a
massive round of applause and were awarded special medals. Despite the sadness
felt by many in attendance, everyone was keen to emphasise the great work
carried out by Missing People.
"This event really helps because firstly it's
a way of meeting other families who've experienced the same as yourself and
that's such a help", explained Rachel Elias, whose brother, Richey Edwards
of the pop-rock band Manic Street Preachers, went missing in 1995. "Secondly", continued Rachel, "it's a way of raising awareness for the
charity. Raising vital funds for them as well. They're widening their services all the time and that is why it's so
important that they continue as a charity."
Peter Lawrence, whose daughter Claudia went missing in 2009,
said: "The charity is just so fantastic.
I didn't even realise it existed until Claudia went missing. I came down to see
what they are doing and it's just totally amazing. Their helpline runs 24 hours a day, finding people, looking after
families. I just can't say enough for them."
To date, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised
more than £1.7 Million for Missing
People. This funding has enabled Missing People to continue their amazing work
in finding and helping vulnerable children, young people and adults across the