Stuart became a much-valued Missing People Fundraising Board Member in December 2022. He was quick to get stuck in, and has already gone above and beyond to support the charity.
Recently, Stuart donated and sourced some amazing auction prizes for our Night of Light Gala, which alone raised nearly £27,000!
Below, Stuart has answered some questions with inspiring answers:
When you choose a charity to support, what is important to you?
I think it’s important to have an authentic connection or experience which links you to the charity.
What do you most enjoy about supporting a charity?
In my particular case I’m looking for change and something which I can help impact or influence and that in itself can be very rewarding.
When did you first hear about the charity Missing People?
Many years ago when I was a young journalist covering the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh. I am still struck by the fact that the charity is going strong, and has grown from strength to strength, yet is the only charity working in this sector which has such a growing problem in these days of economic challenges and mental health issues.
Why did you know you wanted to get more involved in supporting Missing People? And what has kept you connected to us?
I will only get involved in a charity if I honestly feel I can make a difference and I think as I’ve got older and become a grandfather, for instance, your views change and for anyone dealing with a missing relative or loved one it’s an unbearable thought. I hope my connections and energy bring something to the party too!
What advice would you give to anyone who is considering supporting Missing People?
Be honest with yourself about why this charity and what you can add. Do not be a passenger and speak your mind always.
What impact have you made at different charities over the years?
I think I have helped charities grow and raise significant funds as well as elevate their awareness and relevance, especially with the military charity Tickets For Troops (www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk). This has largely been due to the vast network of contacts I’ve cultivated and maintained over the years.
Is there a service or support Missing People provide which you feel most passionate about?
Family support in the immediate aftermath of a missing incident, and the charity creating helpful and meaningful awareness which may hopefully lead to swift resolution.
What do you do for fun?
Cycle and travel.
What is your proudest achievement?
My wonderful family.