Thursday, 28 March 2013

Riding for Missing People



At the beginning of 2012, I was overweight and not as fulfilled in my life as I could be. I made the decision to lose weight and allow myself to live a little. Throughout the year I lost 70 lbs and with the help of Alan O'Mahony my personal trainer, recovered much of the fitness I had as a youngster playing hockey on a regular basis.

Knowing that my motivation is stronger when focusing on others' needs, I decided to work towards a charity fitness challenge. As an avid reader, I had been reading "Missing Persons" by Nicci Gerard (Penguin, 2012) which explores the emotional upheaval brought about when a family member disappears. Gerard was able to convey the helplessness and constant weeping wound-type emotions with such poignancy that i was really touched.

In my work as a criminal defence solicitor, I come across missing youngsters and encourage them to get a message home but this was the first time I had considered the other side of the situation. By coincidence, I saw  the Missing Person Cycle Challenge advertised on Twitter and had no hesitation in signing up.

I am a complete novice at cycling and under no illusions that it will present a real challenge both physically and logistically in fitting all the training in but if Nicci Gerard has only captured a small proportion of the support required by these families, it will be time well spent.”

by Julia Moffatt, who is riding the Missing People Cycle Challenge 2013 for Missing People.
If you want to fundraise for Missing People, why not join Miles for Missing People on 25 May!?  Click for details...

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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.

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