Ben Needham turns 25 today, but he has been missing for all but two of those years after disappearing on the Greek island Kos in 1991.Read the full story ›
Kerry Needham is continuing her campaign to find her son Ben, who disappeared from the Greek island of Kos in 1991.
Next week Ben will be 25-years-old. 23 of those years he's been apart from his mum, grandparents and all his family including his sister Leighanna.
In recent years Kerry has stepped up efforts to secure funding for South Yorkshire Police to investigate leads which the family believes have never been investigated fully.
In 2012 South Yorkshire officers joined a team to excavate the farmhouse from where Ben disappeared, but found nothing. Kerry joined Gaynor and Duncan in the studio with her daughter Leighanna and the new addition to the family, Ben's niece Hermione.
It will be Ben Needham's 25th birthday on 29 October. His mother Kerry and sister Leighanna spoke to ITV's Lorraine about why they are increasingly frustrated with what's happening in the continuing search for Ben, 23 years after he went missing on the Greek island of Kos.
Twenty-three years ago today a Sheffield toddler disappeared on the Greek island of Kos leaving his family distraught, devastated and bewildered.
The passing decades have done little to change those feelings and the case of Ben Needham remains one of the great unsolved mysteries.
Today his mum Kerry has made a fresh appeal to the Prime Minister to help investigate leads and end the on-going agony.
Mark Witty has been speaking to her:
Two members of the Needham family have never met Ben who went missing 23 years ago. His mum says he would be proud of their search for him.Read the full story ›
The mother of Ben Needham has called for more government help in the search for her son, who disappeared from the Greek island of Kos 23 years ago today.
Kerry Needham says the case needs financial support to follow leads abroad:
The mother of missing Ben Needham has offered support to the McCann family while the search for Madeleine continues in Portugal.
Two years ago, an excavation of the site where Ben went missing in 1991 found no trace. But Kerry, who's currently abroad, says she knows how the McCann's are feeling.
The mother of missing South Yorkshire toddler Ben Needham has sent a message of support to the parents of missing Madeleine McCann who disappeared in Portugal in 2007.
This week a team of British and Portugese police officers began searching wasteland in the holdiay resort of Praia da Luz.
Kerry Needdham said: "I completely understand and know how Kate and Gerry must be feeling right now.
"It is the most horrific thought and feeling that any parent can go through - knowing that police are going to be digging up ground and there is a chance your child could be buried there - it's horrendous.
"When the dig was going on in Kos I was 99 per cent sure they would not find Ben - but there was always that 1 per cent chance they could - and that's very hard to cope with.
"There are some similarities between Ben's case and Madeleine's, and then again there is not. We are just two families who want to know where our children are. My thoughts are with them"
The campaign to find Ben Needham has taken to Twitter for a special "Tweet for Ben" day.
The Sheffield toddler went missing on the island of Kos in 1991.
The account @FindBenNeedham is tweeting high-profile celebrities to raise awareness of their search.
The mother of Ben Needham says the Prime Minister has refused to give her son's case the same financial backing as the McCann family.
Last month Kerry's MP Angela Smith asked David Cameron whether the Needhams could get similar funds as those given to the McCanns in the search for their daughter, Madeline.
In a written reply David Cameron says the National Crime Agency has supported South Yorkshire police, but made no mention of extra money for the Needham case. Kerry came into the Calendar studio and spoke to Christine Talbot.