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Julie - Fundraising and Communications
I started my journey at Missing People as a volunteer, helping to distribute appeal posters to thousands of Rock Choir members, friends and family at Wembley Arena – this was their biggest gig to-date, packing this iconic space to the rafters and raising the roof with their songs. I volunteered because the venue was near my home, it was a free concert and I wanted to do something to help me feel good about myself (I was out-of-work at the time). At one point in the event, posters of missing loved ones were held aloft by the audience for a photo call. You could have heard a pin drop, and that silence spoke volumes to all those suffering the heartache of losing someone and not knowing where they are or what has happened to them.
Missing People is heartrending; heart-warming; and amazing. To work at Missing People means to know that everything you do, no matter how small, is helping to reunite more families and bring those missing to a place of safety; have the opportunity for your role to make a big difference in a relatively small charity and work with some of the nicest, most genuine, people I have ever met.
I truly feel passionate about just being here day after day helping to raise funds so that the charity can do its job in finding missing people and supporting the families left behind. How can I not be passionate when I see that a vulnerable teenager has been found safe and well, hear about a mother and daughter reunited after 30 years, and learn that a long-lost niece only realised that her family loved her so much when we managed to trace her through our Lost Contact service? Stories like this are told every day, re-igniting the passion I first felt about Missing People before I even really knew who they were – and that is an unforgettable memory.