SEARCHING for a missing child or family member can often feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. But the more people who join the search the more likely missing children and vulnerable adults can be found safe and well.

We are appealing for 130 people missing in the London area. Their families are desperately worried and need to know everything possible is being done to find them. We will be tweeting an appeal every 30 minutes in our 24-hour Big Tweet this Sunday, International Missing Children’s Day.

Poster and social media campaigns, such as The Big Tweet, allow our charity, Missing People, to get the message out quickly to thousands of volunteers, partners and members of the public.

As a lifeline when someone disappears, our memorable pan-European number – 116 000 – makes it easy for anyone with information about a missing person to contact us free and in confidence.

Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery make this possible. It’s great to see players receiving prizes whilst they contribute to causes like ours - like lucky Hayes resident Manjeet Kaur Heer, who won £25,000 in the Saturday Street Prize draw last weekend.

To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery across Britain have raised more than £2m for Missing People.

We’re immensely grateful to Manjeet and all People’s Postcode Lottery players in Hayes and the entire London area.

We could not search for missing children and vulnerable adults without such generous contributions.

Jo Youle Chief Executive Missing People