Missing People is the only charity in the UK which specialises in, and is dedicated to, bringing missing children and adults back together with their families. Some missing people you will have heard of, but many more you won’t. For their families, life without them can be a desperate and unbearable struggle. Missing People are there for them 24 hours a day, every day of the year, at the end of a phone, text or email, ready to use every means possible to search for and find their missing loved ones and to provide vital on-going support to families where the agonising wait turns into years, not just days.
Visit the Missing People website to find out more about the important work they do.
Home for Christmas Appeal
Every 2 minutes someone goes missing in the UK. For their families, the thought of an empty chair at the Christmas dinner table is truly heart-breaking.
Support Missing People's Home for Christmas appeal and give a family their best present ever: Christmas Together
Text HOPE to 70707 to donate £3 to Missing People's #HomeForChristmas appeal. Join CI & Stephen Fry by sharing this message on Facebook and Twitter.
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Peter Boxell's son Lee has been missing for over 26 years
Peter’s son Lee went missing from Sutton, Surrey on 10 September 1988. 15-year-old Lee left his home in Cheam, Surrey to meet up with a friend in nearby Sutton. Lee and his friend spent the morning window-shopping. Towards the end of the morning Lee said he might go to Selhurst Park to watch a football match and the boys parted in Sutton High Street at 1pm. No one has seen Lee since. For many years that followed, Lee’s room was kept unchanged for his return home. It still has his favourite posters and photos on its walls, his vinyl albums, football and pop magazines spread around the room, and a school jacket hung on the wardrobe door. Lee’s family miss him very much and after 26 years, they have not given up the hope that they will find out what happened to him.
Terrie Beardsley's husband Tim has been missing for over 2 years
Terrie’s husband Tim went missing the morning of July 9, 2012. Tim, age 44, left their home in Chesterfield as Terrie was in the bathroom getting ready to go out. Terrie heard the front door open and close, and then heard Tim’s car drive off. They were planning to visit the GP that morning to discuss Tim’s recent feelings of depression. They had been happily married for nine years before he went missing. They grew up in the same area but only started dating in their late 20s. Terrie can’t remember a time when she didn’t know Tim. Since that day, there has been no word from him. He has not used his credit cards or bank account. Only his car has been found, abandoned by a lake. Two years on, Terrie’s has not lost hope of him being found alive.
Sarah Godwin's son Quentin has been missing for over 22 years
Sarah’s son Quentin, or Q as he was always known, was born in England in 1973 and moved with his parents to New Zealand in 1975. He had good friends and many interests during his childhood and teenage years and had a love of the outdoors and gardening. In May 1992, at the age of 19 Quentin went missing from his home in New Zealand. He walked out of the door one afternoon to go to his after-school job and has never been seen since. Since May 1992, nothing has been seen or heard of him. There were reported sightings, but nothing conclusive. The family has tried their best to continue a normal life, but the search continues. They hope that he is happy wherever he is. 22 years on, the questions are still there as is the grief and sheer pain of not knowing.