Steven, Paul’s brother, went missing on 23 April 2016.
Steven and his other brother Tony would meet often up on Sundays and read the newspapers together. They had not met in a little while and the lady at the local newsagent noticed that he had stopped coming in to buy his paper. Changes in people’s behaviour or routine can often be the first sign that something isn’t right.
Paul: “When Steven went missing, I contacted Missing People who launched a publicity appeal to help find him. For 10 long and agonising months we knew nothing about what had happened to Steven, and then in February we received the tragic news that his body had been found.”
Tracy: “We experienced such a roller-coaster of emotions whilst Steven was missing. One minute you feel angry, the next, worried. You read about things like this in the news but never think it will happen to you.”
Despite the shock, the motorbike challenge has given Tracy and Paul something to focus on at this difficult time.
“I’ve been married to my husband Paul for 24 years and he’s been riding motorbikes for 20 of those. I took my first bike trip with him last year so I’m very new to this. Was it selfish to take this on at this time? We just want to feel useful.”
Bowles Biking Challenge.
Paul and Tracy are passionate about raising money and awareness for Missing People.
Tracy: “Perhaps when someone leaves and they know they have broken people’s hearts like that it’s too hard for them to see a way back. I just don’t know… I wish he could have rung, even at 2am and just said he needed to speak to someone. I sometimes wonder, if Steven had known about the support that Missing People provide, perhaps things could have turned out differently.”
Alison Taylor from Missing People: “We’re so incredibly grateful to Paul and Tracey for being so inspirational and taking part in such an amazing challenge at what must be a very emotional time. The funds they’ve raised will enable us to help and support other families who are experiencing the trauma of having a loved one go missing.”
Watch Paul & Tracy's final video blog: