Volunteers from the charity Missing People will be at York City FC on Saturday 8 February to raise awareness of local missing appeals in the city, in light of the recent disappearances of Edward Machin and York St John University student Megan Roberts.
Missing People Family Representative Peter Lawrence, father of missing Claudia Lawrence, will join volunteers they appeal for Edward, Megan and Claudia, highlight the impact of the issue on families, and promote the charity’s support services. The event comes as Peter and his family near the fifth anniversary of Claudia’s disappearance.
There is no evidence to suggest links between the disappearances, which highlight the scale of the local issue with a recent survey showing 21,122 incidents reported in the region during one year . 250,000 people go missing in the UK each year.
Regional Manager for the charity, Martin Crisby said:
“When someone you love goes missing you want the whole world to stop and join the search. Sharing these appeals is one of the key ways fans and the public can support the search for Megan, Claudia and Edward, whose family and friends and we are pleased to work on this with York City FC, as a club at the centre of the community.”
Peter Lawrence, father of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence and family representative for the charity and will be attending the event. Peter said:
“It is distressing to have both Edward and Megan missing in York along with Claudia and my thoughts are with their families and friends.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to help the charity by volunteering, sharing the appeals and by signing up to receive alerts at the game on Saturday.”