Sunday, July 15, 2012

Missing People: Circular Response To Those Who Object To Kate McCann.

Thank you for contacting missing people.

Yesterday, we launched a fantastic new system of appeals for missing people working with the generous support of media partners who are providing nearly a million pounds worth of advertising space. This will help us to advance the search for missing children and adults. I am glad that in doing so we have gained much public coverage.

We have for some time been working with families of missing people as our representatives. This was a bold step for the charity but none the less we believe that the voice of those most affected by their loved one being missing are the most powerful voices, and we have decided to provide them with a platform to be heard.

In the past few years families of missing people,including Kate McCann have spoken up for all families of missing people and as a result we now have a Government Strategy for Missing Persons and much better support than ever before. We truly believe that the voice of the families has helped us to achieve that better support.

Today Kate McCann formalised her role with Missing People,for which we are very grateful. Some people have chosen to speculate about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. At Missing People we offer a non-judgemental support for all those who are missing and their families. We have never, and will never enter into unhelpful speculation. We trust our partners in the Police service and always co-operate with their instructions about appeals and support for families.

We would like to respectfully ask that the focus of all of our endeavours is on finding missing people and that the use of our social media pages advances this. It would be tragic if because of the speculation of the few we lost the opportunity to find just one missing child.

Thank you once again for your support in searching forthose who are missing.

Martin Houghton-Brown

Chief Executive

NationalMissing Persons Helpline
Roebuck House
284 Upper Richmond Road West
East Sheen
London SW14 7JE
United Kingdom

Registered Charity No. 1020419

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