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Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo donate £20,000 to Missing People charity who help people at risk and loved ones left behind
THE Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo are donating £20,000 to Missing People to help fund the vital work they do.
The charity, which was founded in 1993,provides specialist support to people who are at risk of going missing, and the families and friends left behind.
Every 90 seconds someone is reported missing in the UK, with around 180,000 missing persons each year – 80,000 of which are children.
Those that go missing are at high risk of exploitation, homelessness and harm, and many kids risk being sexually and criminally exploited.
Missing People is the only UK charity to offer a lifeline when this happens with a highly skilled team of dedicated staff and volunteers who offer free and confidential Helpline support, seven days a week.
The charity works in partnership with police, local authorities, and other charities, to provide the best possible support for families who might be at high risk of loneliness due to their loss.
Last year Missing People helped more than 10,000 people across the UK at a time of crisis – and helped find more than 1,000 missing children and adults.
The charity helps reconnect those in crisis to safety, and to home, and offer support in the form of support forums, events and counselling.
With the easing of lockdown, the charity expects that more people may go missing long after restrictions ease having been stuck at home with their problems.
Missing People relies on public donations and Gifts in Will to continue its important work which is why the Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo want to help as part of National Bingo Day on Sunday June 27.
Missing Brits – can you help?
Mary Flanagan has been missing from Newham in London since 31st December 1959. She was 16 when she was last seen and would now be 78 years old. The image shows what she might look like now.
Her sister Brenda wrote: "Dear Mary, I have missed you so much over the years and I have been looking for you….. and will continue to do so.
"I have so much I want to share with you but for now I want you to know I love you and I would love for you to make contact with me and we can take things at your own pace. If you feel this is a step you can take, the Missing People charity can help you with this.'
Anthony Stammers has been missing from Colchester, Essex, since 27th May 2012. He was 27 when he was last seen. His family have never given up the search for Anthony.
They have written him this message: "Anthony if you are reading this, please, please, contact us. You can do this through Missing People if you prefer but just let us know you are safe and well.
"We love you and miss you so much. We would so love to have you back in our lives. Love Mum, Dad, Cathy and James."
Ahmed Adam Hussain has been missing from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire since 25th May 2021. He was 23 at the time of his disappearance. He has links to the London and Essex areas.
Missing People have this message: "Ahmed, we are here for you whenever you are ready; we can listen, talk through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe.
"Please call or text us, 9am-11pm on 116 000. It’s free and confidential and you can call us from a payphone or from a mobile, even if you have no credit."
Just £10 answers a call from a vulnerable missing person in their moment of crisis to get expert support.
While £25 could reunite a missing people with their family via a three-way call that the charity safely facilitates.
It takes £90 to find a missing person safely and £1,000 could help fund emotional support for the family of a missing person for a year.
The charity urgently needs the help of Sun Bingo players, so an expert team at the charity Missing People can be there to give free support seven days a week for people in crisis – and to give missing people a safe way home.
Donations can be made online at www.missingpeople.org.uk/donate
If you have been affected you can contact Missing People on 116 000 for free and in confidence between 9am and 11pm every day or visit www.missingpeople.org.uk
RECONNECT WITH LOST FAMILY MEMBERS
Missing People relaunched their Lost Contact service in 2019, whose aim is to reconnect family members who have become estranged.
Carole had not heard from her brother Tony for almost four years when she got in touch.
There had been no argument – as the only remaining family members they had once been very close, but somehow life had got in the way.
The Lost Contact service were able to trace Tony within just a few weeks. He had been very unwell and in hospital for some time.
Being able to talk to his sister and knowing that she would be there for him was incredibly important.
Almost a year on, they’re so grateful for the chance to be a family again.
To help find your lost family members click here https://www.missingpeople.org.uk/get-help/help-services/lost-contact