Missing People offers a lifeline when someone disappears. They provide specialised support for those left behind to assist the search for their missing loved one and help end the heartache and confusion.

Recently published statistics reveal that an estimated 216,000 individuals were reported missing to UK police forces in the year 2010-11 (National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), June 2011). However it is estimated that a staggering 250,000 people go missing each year (The Home Office, May 2010).

People's Postcode Lottery players have provided over £1.9 Million in support to date to help the charity. Jo Youle, Chief Executive of Missing People said “The NPIA's figures are truly shocking. When someone you love goes missing you want the world to stop and join the search. This Christmas thousands of families of missing people will face the pain of not knowing what has happened to their loved one. The impact on these families is great and can range from emotional to legal and financial issues.

This Christmas staff and volunteers at charity Missing People will be there 24 hours for families of missing people. Via our Helpline we give advice, specialist support and a safe way to reconnect. So far this year, thanks to the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery, we have reunited 1,000 people. Thank you for making this possible – you are a lifeline when someone disappears.”

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