Wednesday, 7 November 2012

It's Trustees' Week



Being a Trustee on the Board of Missing People is a privilege. For the past year I have been part of a dedicated and committed team of staff and volunteers at this amazing charity; each and every one of us doing what we can to ensure a real lifeline exists for those who are missing and those they have left behind.


It has been an incredible 12 months - both uplifting and heartbreaking. We launched the new 116 000 phone number, we ran side by side family members during Miles for Missing People in the driving rain in Regent’s Park and we have also reconnected 1,051 children and adults with their families in the past year.

Over and above ensuring the Charity’s accounts are in good order, right now our current Trustees’ challenge is finding someone new to be the Chief Executive for Missing People.

As you read this blog the sifting of the CVs has begun. We all hope that someone will stand out and shine. Someone who will take Missing People from strength to strength. Someone who can find new ways to raise funds.  Someone who really understands the pain and suffering that accompanies loss and uncertainty.

So by the time we sing the first hymns at the Missing People Carol Service this year in London and in York, in remembrance of those missing, we hope to have found our new Chief Executive.

But whomever we appoint you can be sure that late into the night and even on Christmas Day someone is always there, in our very modest office in Mortlake, at the end of the phone on 116000 should anyone need support if they are missing or if they are searching for a missing loved one.

By Missing People Trustee Lisa White
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Around 250,000 people go missing in the UK each year. The Missing Blog aims to give a voice to all those affected by this issue.

Written by families and friends of missing people, supporters working to raise awareness of the cause, and volunteers and staff at the charity Missing People, we hope that this blog will offer a window into the issue of missing.

The charity Missing People is a lifeline when someone disappears. To find out more about Missing People and ways that you can support the charity visit www.missingpeople.org.uk.

Call or txt the charity Missing People for free on 116 000, 24/7 if you or anyone you know is affected by a disappearance.