|Charity 'Amazed' at Community Support Over Missing Alice|
Missing people held awareness session inn Ealing and Viv Ellis was there
The police press conference wasn’t the only Alice-related activity today.
The charity, Missing People (which liaises with the police to offer support to the families of 250,000 people who go missing each year) held an ‘awareness’ session in Ealing Broadway shopping centre.
As well as volunteers circulating with posters of Alice, there was a desk where people could register their e-mail address to be sent links to posters of Alice and details of how to post them online. When I was there, around 600 had signed and by the end of the day it was expected that that number would have risen to 1,000.
Josie Allen, the charity’s regional manager for the south of England, told me she was amazed at the amount of community support there has been over Alice. “I have never known anything like it”
She told me; “There are 140,000 under 18s go missing each year and 95% are back safely within a week, so of course it’s worrying that Alice is still not back at home, but that’s why continuing to raise awareness is key, there are plenty of positive outcomes in cases like this.
“It’s possible that Alice went off, maybe with some friends, for whatever reason and now she’s scared to come back, worried that she’ll be in trouble. She won't be everyone just wants her back safe and sound.
4th September 2014