The Pavers Foundation has donated £5,000 to the charity Missing People, a donation initiated by Graham Paver, Trustee of the Foundation.
The charity searches for missing people on behalf of the family and friends left behind and provides specialist emotional support to ease their heartache and confusion.
In the UK somebody is reported missing every 90 seconds - and by the time you finish reading this, another young person or adult could be at risk of serious harm, having run away from home.
180,000 people go missing in the UK every year. More than 80,000 are children. Missing people are often very vulnerable and can find themselves in extremely dangerous situations. For the families left behind, the agonising wait for news and enormity of beginning the search can be overwhelming.
Joss Mooney, Grants Manager at Missing People, said:
“We are both delighted and extremely grateful to have received a generous donation of £5,000 from the Pavers Foundation.
Missing People is a small and ambitious national charity touching every community across the UK. £5,000 could help us to recruit and provide specialist training for ten helpline volunteers, ensuring we can provide a lifeline around the clock for everyone who needs us.”
Missing People’s highly skilled team of staff and volunteers operate a free, confidential, 24/7 helpline via phone, text, email and online chat. They support families from the minute a loved one goes missing for as long as it takes to reach a resolution, with a range of emotional and practical help, including publicity appeals to help bring missing people home safely. They listen to, and support missing people and the families left behind to help them explore their options and – where possible – reconnect.
A range of information and resources for anyone affected by a disappearance is available on their website: www.missingpeople.org.uk.