Players of People's Postcode Lottery have been supporting the charity Missing People since 2009, and have so far raised more than £4 Million to help the charity to be a lifeline for missing adults and children and their families all across the UK.
Back in 2014, the charity brought together a group of people who have loved ones missing, as well as volunteers and staff from the charity and formed the Missing People Choir. The Choir has gone from strength to strength, and performed their song "I Miss You" on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday.
Players may have seen the choir perform at that charity's events up and down the country in the last few years, including at their annual Carol Services in London and in York. Missing People Choir members performing with the choir in Britain's Got Talent include Peter Boxell, whose son Lee went missing at the age of 15 in 1988; Denise Horvath Allan, whose son Charles went missing in 1989; Rachel Edwards, whose brother has been missing since 1995; Emma Cullingford, whose mother was missing for a month before sadly being found to have died; and Peter Lawrence, whose daughter Claudia has been missing from York since 2009.
Choir member Sarah Godwin, whose son Quentin has been missing since May 1992, and who is also a Trustee of the charity said, "It's just so energising, warming, safe, moving beyond words. We can each feel our own love and sadness and pain, but we are there for each other and somehow it becomes joyful too."
Clare Cook, Deputy Director of Fundraising and Communications at Missing People and co-founder of the Missing People Choir said, "We're thrilled to finally be sharing our performance with everyone who has supported the charity and the choir over the years. We know that many members of the Choir who have missing loved ones take strength from knowing that their audience is supporting them. We hope that players of People's Postcode Lottery will be cheering us on from their homes during our performances, showing the same generous encouragement that they've shown families with missing loved ones for many years through their support of the charity."