To mark our 30th Anniversary, we are encouraging at least 30 families affected by missing to join our Walking in Hope campaign. We want to share more stories and the impact this has on families.
We are also inviting organisations and the wider public to walk in solidarity with those affected by missing, to help us build more awareness.
Through this campaign we hope to raise £30,000. This fantastic amount could help pay for a Support Worker, ensuring we can support more families in the future.
All the way back to when Suzy Lamplugh first disappeared, the original case that was instrumental in the charity being created, we continue to support families to this day, and we want to help more – you can help us achieve this by joining Walking in Hope.
You can hear more about the story of Suzy Lamplugh here.
Walk for a missing loved one – for your brother, sister, mum, dad, grandparent, friend or colleague. Whoever you choose to walk for, register your interest to ensure anyone affected by missing receives the support they deserve.
It’s a sponsored walk, bringing people together to walk in solidarity for those affected by missing. Taking place from April-September, it’s free to sign up and open to everyone.
Walking in Hope can :
There will be a dedicated team to support you every step of the way, with t-shirts, appeal posters, promotion materials and fundraising advice available.
A self-organised option, you choose the date of your walk, location, distance and how much you would like to raise.
Click the apply now button above. This will take you to a form where you can add your contact details. The fundraising team will then follow-up shortly afterwards with further information.
It’s entirely up to you, as long as you aim to commit to a walk between April and September. You could walk a mile every day for 30 days or simply walk around your local park – whatever you are most comfortable with. That said, you could take on 30km in one go to make it more of a challenge. There are some walking challenges available to consider on our website, all across the UK.
The campaign will be live between April and September, so you can take part at any time during this period.
There is no cost to get involved in this event if you choose to create your own walk. However, there might be up-front costs with some of the available walking challenges. Please get in touch to chat further about this.
There is no target in place if you choose your own walk. We are encouraging every person that takes part to simply fundraise as much as they can. Across all the walks we hope to be able to raise £30,000. For some of the challenge walks there is likely to be a fundraising target in place which we would be happy to discuss with you further.
Once you’ve decided on your walk route, date and team involved, you can create your fundraising page. We always advise doing this as soon as you sign-up and whilst you are most committed. Share your walk with your network to get them involved and encourage donations. Why not challenge a friend to do the same? Or could you get your work employer or colleagues involved?
There is no minimum age for this if you choose your own walk. The event is open to people of all ages. This means both your children and grandparents have the opportunity to make a difference – you could even join up your efforts as a family. However, some of the challenge walk options may have an age limit which we would need to check with you.
No, not at all. This is as much about raising awareness for the charity and supporting those affected by missing, as it is about raising funds. Therefore, you can decide on the distance that suits you, even if’s just a lap of your local park – this still provides you the opportunity to make a vital difference.
We’ll provide you with a t-shirt, fundraising pack, lots of fundraising support, and a certificate on completion of your challenge. You will also get a fantastic sense of accomplishment whilst improving your fitness and wellbeing.
Yes, we absolutely encourage you to promote your story and your reasons for supporting Missing People. This will help to raise awareness for the cause and encourage people to get involved with your walk.
You can share videos and pictures of your walk on social media (use #walkinginhope ) and with local press. This will help your efforts to get supporters and make it easier to reach any fundraising targets you have set.
Of course! We have already started collecting participants’ videos and pictures! We’d love to see lots more of these so please get in touch with us to share yours.