We adore it when people take the time to fundraise for us. Whether they raise 50p or £5,000, everything counts towards helping people affected by a disappearance. Every fundraiser is special, but here we want to celebrate exceptional individuals who have pushed themselves to raise over £1000 for Missing People; our Grand Fundraisers.
If you raise over £1000 for us in one calendar year, you will receive:
- A special enamel mug
- A letter hand signed by our Chief Executive
- A certificate
- A chance to be included as a Grand Fundraiser on our website.
Bek - Walk For Finn
Bek organised her second Walk for Finn this year. Her son Finn has been missing since July 2017, so she and her friends used the two-day walking challenge to raise awareness of him in the local area and gathered sponsorship to help other families in her situation. She said:
"It does go to show that when a group of friends choose to pull together with hope, positivity and laughter, you can achieve something really good and rewarding. We spoke to people we met along our walk about Finn, spread the word about what great stuff Missing People do. We also managed to raise an incredible amount of money in a very short space of time. Any worries that I had about setting up the walk beforehand were 100% outweighed by the positive experience I gained from it." She can't wait to get planning her next fundraising idea. Thank you so much, Bek!
Laura - Marathon 2019
Laura completed her first London Marathon for Missing People, and absolutely smashed her fundraising target. She works for the Missing Persons Unit for South Wales Police so understands how difficult it is for families with a missing loved one. She said: "I like to set myself a challenge - sometimes just to see if I would actually be able to achieve it! I have done some triathlons which were good fun, although the sea water was gross and put me off a bit. I have also competed in a charity boxing competition (and won fighter of the night). You get the idea...."
Thank you for making such a big difference to missing people in your work, and with your fantastic fundraising!
Scott - Marathon 2019
Scott works in a Force Control Room answering calls from the public on police matters. As someone who works for the police he knows how frequently people are reported missing and how much distress it causes their families. He ran the 2019 London Marathon for Missing People, completing the course in less than four hours, and surpassing his fundraising target months before the big day. Scott says: "The families of missing people never give up hope and fundraising for a charity that supports these families was an honour. Think big with fundraising and you will smash any target you set yourself." Nice one, Scott!
Rachel - Cycle for Simon
Rachel and a group of friends cycled from Paris to Geneva to raise money for Missing People. Her brother Simon has been missing since 2013 and Rachel is passionate and determined to raise awareness about Simon, but also to raise money to help other families with missing loved ones.
"We have no idea what has happened to Simon and we are desperately searching for him or some answers... Last year I cycled from London to Paris (444km) with a bunch of lovely, funny, kind and determined people. This year, the same people plus a few more angels cycled from Paris to Geneva route: 640km in 4.5 days with an elevation of 6,080m."
Thank you Rachel!
James - Casino YouTube channel
James runs a casino YouTube channel, and donated a portion of his winnings to Missing People. He said: "I wanted to give back to a charity that does great things in helping reunite families and save countless people from harm". Thanks James!
Karen - March for Matt
Karen is mother of Matthew Bone, who has been missing since 9 March 2018. She set up a ‘March for Matt’, where she and her friends took on Storm Freya and completed the 12-mile walk. Karen said: “There was a huge sense of achievement among the walkers, young and old alike, and the event provided a perfect opportunity for friends who had offered help in our appeals to find Matt to get actively involved. And not to forget that we raised a significant amount in donations for Missing People, with some people donating twice due to the additional challenge of the weather!”
Jade - Climbing Snowdon
Jade climbed Snowdon to raise awareness of her sister Leah, who has been missing since 15 February. She and her friend took on the challenge in summer 2019 and raised a phenomenal amount of money to help other families in her situation. Jade said, “I would never wish this pain or worry on anyone and whilst right now I feel very alone in my feelings because I do not know anyone else who has gone through this, I am sadly aware that there are many other families going through this devastation too. I know how important it is therefore for good support and that is what the missing people charity does. They “are a life line when someone disappears”. This is why my incredibly supportive friendd Emma and I climbed Snowdon.
I had two aims. Firstly, I wanted to raise as much awareness of my sister Leah and her being missing in the most positive way. Secondly I wanted to raise as much money for a charity that right now is very close to my heart. A charity who in this unimaginable nightmare are able to provide support 24/7. They are fully qualified and are experienced in dealing with the families and friends of missing people. At a time where it feels like no one really knows what to say this could be exactly what is needed for people in the same position as me”
Aruna - Dinner and Dance
The lovely Aruna was inspired by the cause so wanted to raise money at her community group's dinner and dance. She said: "I organised and planned a dinner and dance to help raise funds for Missing People. The thought of not knowing and losing contact with a loved one always bring a tear to my eye. How those who are waiting deal with this is beyond me. For me, this is reason enough to support Missing People. The passion and support from all who came to the dinner and dance are helpers too in my eyes." Thank you so much, Aruna!
Richard - London Marathon
Richard represented team Missing People at the London Marathon 2019 and completed the course in under four hours. Five years ago, one of his friends went missing, but was eventually found due to someone recognising him from a Missing People appeal. Richard had run marathons before, but never the London Marathon, and says he was chuffed to run it and raise money in aid of Missing People.
Thank you so much for pushing yourselves to raise so much money and making such a positive difference!
The Small Print
We started this initiative in 2019. Unfortunately we cannot backdate this to everyone who has raised over £1,000 for us in previous years. Once you are a grand fundraiser, you will always be one, and even if you raise over £1,000 two years in a row you will only receive the prize once.