Friends and family of Alice Gross are joining forces with other family members who have experienced a loved one go missing, to perform a song written by Alice at a Carol Service in aid of Missing People at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square on Monday night.
The Missing People Choir is made up of those who have been through or continue to experience the heartbreak of having a missing loved one, supported by representatives of the charity, the National Crime Agency and Eclipse Choir. The choir will perform ‘Don’t Let It Go Away’ which was written by Alice and arranged by choir Leader James Hawkins.
In addition to friends of Alice, other members of the choir who have experienced a family member going missing include include Peter Lawrence, father of missing Claudia, Peter Boxell, father of missing Lee and Sarah Godwin, mother of missing Quentin.
Alice, who wrote and performed her own music, was missing for a month before tragically found murdered in West London in 2014 after the largest search operation in London in nearly a decade.
Alice's mother Ros Hodgkiss said “Music was Alice’s passion. She loved performing and writing her own music and it means a lot to me that Alice’s song will be performed by the Missing People choir, which not only brings together other music lovers, but provides comfort, community and support to those who know too well the devastation of having a missing loved one.
“While Alice was missing we were helped by so many people, and through their poster campaign and their telephone and personal support, the charity Missing People was invaluable.”
Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, Ros said "While Alice was missing, Missing People did a lot for us... It was very traumatic the whole time, but we could phone Missing People at any time".
A limited number of tickets for the Carol Service are still available. Hosted by Patron Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, the service includes moving tributes from families of missing people, readings from actors Monica Dolan and Amanda Redman and uplifting music from The Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal Mail's "Mail Voice Choir".