Loved ones of missing Matthew Bone will walk 12 miles to fundraise for Missing People charity
March for Matt - Loved ones of missing Matthew Bone will walk 12 miles to fundraise for Missing People charity
The family and friends of a missing man from Waterlooville, Hampshire, will walk 12 miles in aid of the charity which has supported them since his disappearance almost a year ago.
Matthew Bone went missing on 6th March last year, after telling his parents he was going for a walk, and was last seen on CCTV in Worcestershire on March 9th.
Since he went missing, National Charity ‘Missing People’ have played a huge role in publicising Matthew’s disappearance – launching a deal with Deliveroo for 500 of its riders to display mini billboards of missing people’s faces at four big UK cities. Images of Matthew’s face have been worn by riders in Bristol – not far from where he was last seen at the Stanbrook Abbey hotel in Malvern.
Matthew’s dad Mike has heaped praise on to the national charity for its ‘amazing’ support. ‘If ever we need anybody to speak to we can pick up the phone and they are there. ‘We try to do this walk annually and since it would be nearly a year since Matt went missing, we thought it would be an ideal way to recognise the places he loved.’
Now to say thank you to the good cause and keep their son’s disappearance under the spotlight Matthew’s loved ones plan to walk the scenic route from Portsdown Hill to Old Winchester Hill on Sunday, March 3rd to fundraise for Missing People. It is hoped the event, dubbed March for Matt, will raise ‘vital’ awareness of his disappearance and his family’s dream of welcoming him back home.
Advertising the walk on Facebook, they said: ‘Any donations would be greatly appreciated and will help this charity provide further support to the thousands of families in similar positions.’ Mike added: ‘As a family we still miss Matthew greatly, that has not changed. ‘We will continue to remain positive as a family.’
West Mercia Police are currently investigating Matt’s case, and anyone with information can call them on 101.