Bowden Primary school children release balloons during
international missing children's day. (Picture: Andrew
BRIGHT yellow balloons were released into Harborough’s skies to mark
International Missing Children’s Day.
Children from Little Bowden Primary School took part in the event
yesterday (Wednesday), organised by missing children’s group Forever
Youngsters gathered on Little Bowden Recreation Ground to release
balloons with tags attached giving the details of children still missing
in the UK.
Forever Searching aims to actively raise awareness of missing children
in the hope that they are traced and brought home to their parents. The
group uses the colour yellow as it traditionally symbolises home-coming
– historically yellow ribbons would be displayed when families were
expecting the return of their loved ones.
The organisation came about following the disappearance of Madeleine
McCann in 2007. As volunteers began their search for the Leicestershire
three-year-old, it became apparent just how many children across the UK
were missing. This sparked the need for greater public awareness of all
missing children cases.
Event organiser and Harborough mum Maxine Harris became involved with
Forever Searching after Madeleine’s case hugely raised the profile of
missing children. Maxine, who also works with the McCann family’s
campaign, said: “You should never give up searching. I’d like to think
that if it was my child, others would never give up. It’s good to feel
that you’re actively doing something to help.”
Money raised by the group is channelled into awareness events like the
Little Bowden balloon launch and allows for pictures of missing children
to be distributed around the world in the hope that the images will jog
the memory of somebody somewhere.
is estimated that up to 110,000 children go missing in the UK every
year. Most are found within a week with 1 per cent becoming long-term
missing after a year.
find out more about the campaign visit www.foreversearching.com.