The children of a missingNorthumberland woman have issued a statement in the hope that she will be home for Christmas.
JanisHall, 65, was reported missing from Catton on Thursday night, December 19th.She is known to travel to Hexham and Allendale by bus.
The statement was issued by Janis Hall’s son Ian Hall, her daughter Gillian Hall and her daughter-in-law Kate Hall.
"Our mother is a really bubbly,outgoing person who loves the outdoors. She loves to walk and she loves the countryside.
"She is well known in Catton, where she has lived for 15 years, and was involved in community life, even organising the Christmas Eve carol service as well as volunteering for local community groups.
"She worked as a volunteer at Wallington Hall, which is an example of how much she enjoys the countryside and the outdoors.
"We know she has been upset recently after our father died, six months ago, but this is out of character for her to go missing.
"We all expected her to return the next day, but the longer it goes on the more worried we become. She was due to come to Ian and Kate’s on Christmas Day, and they were going to her's onBoxing Day.
"We can’t put into words how we feel at the moment, it’s the not knowing where she is or how she is and we are completely worried sick.
"We’d appeal for walkers, dog walkers, those using the countryside in the area to let police know straightaway if they see her or if they may have seen her over recent days.
"We’d also ask for those living in the area to check their immediate vicinity, including sheds and out buildings.
"And if she is watching we would ask her to please, mum, make contact with us just to let us know you are okay.We just want you home as soon as possible."
Anyone with information relevant to the case is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.