By making a major gift to Missing People, you will be part of a special group of people - our Benefactors - who help us continue to be a lifeline for those facing the darkest times imaginable. Our lights could not stay on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without the generosity of these amazing supporters.
By becoming a Benefactor, you will be an integral part of the UK's only charity which supports missing and vulnerable people, as well as their loved ones left behind.
- A unique opportunity to become part of a special community of people, helping to give missing children and adults the best chance at reconnecting with a place of safety.
- The chance to meet other Benefactors, key members of our Frontline Crisis Team, beneficiaries and support staff on tours at Missing People HQ and at a number of exclusive events throughout the year.
- Advice and guidance on areas of work that match your interests.
- Regular updates with the latest news on our frontline services, policy and research and stories from our beneficiaries.
- Invitations to key informative and exclusive celebratory events throughout the year.
- Personal recognition at Missing People HQ, as well as recognition in Missing People's publications, website and at events, as our way of saying thank you.
- Naming opportunities for areas of our work/offices.
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How to become a Benefactor
A Light in the Dark
"My son Lee - my kind, considerate, football-mad boy - has been missing for 29 years.
"When I think of Lee, I like to remember the quiet moments we had together when he was little, like at bedtime when he'd listen intently while I read him Noddy books. He was a kind, thoughtful boy. There's a green opposite out house where children play, and if Lee saw a smaller kid get hurt, he'd be the first to run to their assistance.
"Lee's first love was football. He was a great supporter of our local team, Sutton United FC. He'd go to all the games if they weren't too far away - always with a friend. He knew his mother Christine was a worrier, so he'd always make the effort to call us to say he was about to get on the coach to come home.
"The last time I saw Lee was on a Saturday in September 1988, he was heading to the football. But he never made it to the match, and he never came home. After intensive police investigations, we still don't know what happened to him.
"My family have lived with unrelenting pain for nearly three decades. There are intense highs when there is new information and crashing lows when that information comes to nothing. But when we are at our lowest, and when things seem darkest, we know Missing People will be there to catch us.
"Missing People have never given up on Lee, or me, or my family. Often people can't find the right words to talk to us about our loss, so knowing that Missing People understands the pain and complexity of what we're going through has been a lifeline. Knowing the charity is there any time, day or night, to provide advice and support - or just to listen - is a comfort I can't describe. I know every devastated family in touch with the charity feels the same."
- Peter Boxell, father of missing Lee Boxell.
How your support helps
There are a number of ways you can help Missing People be a lifeline - whether you support vulnerable missing children, or wish to help their loved ones left behind - your donation will always be put to the best possible use.
You can choose to donate towards our work in general, or you can opt to give support to a specific project - some examples of what you can help us achieve are below:
Finding vulnerable missing children and adults
£10,000 would fund 100 publicity appeals for missing children and adults; helping us to gather vital information from the public and potentially reaching the missing person to encourage them to make contact.
Providing emotional support for families missing a loved one
£20,000 could fund emotional and practical support for twenty families with a missing loved one for an entire year.
Supporting adults returned from missing
£35,000 could fund an Adult Crisis Worker to ensure that adults returned from missing are provided with the support they need when they return.
Children and Young People
Caring for missing and vulnerable children through our live chat service
£50,000 could fund two Crisis Workers to provide support 24/7 on our live chat service during peak hours for vulnerable children and young people.
Keep a Crisis Desk running for a year
£70,000 could fund one of our Crisis Desks for a year, ensuring we are able to support those missing and their families left behind 24/7 for an entire year.
Reaching vulnerable missing children and adults
£105,000 could fund our TextSafe service for over a year (14 months) - enabling us to proactively reach out for missing children via text when they are reported missing, giving them the tools to access the urgent support they need.