Five News Announces ‘Missing’ Month For August

Five News is working with the charity ‘Missing People’ and will feature a different package every week of August, highlighting either a specific missing person’s case or the wider work of the police and the charity in their quest to reconnect families in the UK with their missing relatives.

In addition, each day of the week on Five News’ 5pm and 7pm bulletins a short photo appeal for a different missing person will feature on air at the end of each programme.

Vikki Cook, Deputy Editor of Five News said: “The latest high profile case of missing chef Claudia Lawrence again made us think about how devastating it must be to have a loved one, friend or colleague go missing and not get the answers you are desperate for.

“News can be a powerful medium for distributing information – and at Five News we want to make it a powerful medium for bringing in information as well. Missing People are the key charity working on the issue of missing with great credentials and experience of working with broadcast media partners.

“By dedicating August as Missing month, we hope that we can help to bring to the public attention some of the outstanding missing person’s cases and perhaps even help to re-unite some families with their missing relatives.”

Alison Cowan, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Missing People said, “More than 200,000 incidents of missing people are recorded each year, two thirds of whom are under 19. The charity works to support, find and safeguard all those affected by the issue of missing. We are delighted that Five News has thrown their support behind this important issue. Our hope is that the awareness raised by the Missing Month will help us to reunite some of the families who are living in limbo after the disappearance of a loved one, and make the public aware of the charity’s need for funds.“

Supportive activity will include local and regional consumer and a Missing People charity presence on the Five News website.

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