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Charity single released to fund search for missing people

A charity which helps the families of missing people has joined forces with music stars to release a single in time for International Missing Children’s Day on May 25.

Ben Needham, who went missing from the Greek island of Kos in July 1991 features along with Jaime Cheesman who disappeared more than 22 years ago from Grimsby aged 16.

The Missing People choir, which is made up of families with missing loved ones has joined forces with music stars from across the decades including Rick Astley, Chesney Hawkes, Nik Kershaw, Carol Decker, Lesley Garrett, Hayley Tamaddon, Jodie Prenger, Debra Stephenson, Kerry Ellis, Balsamo Deighton and G4 on a charity single which they are hoping the public will get behind.

The original song, ‘I Hope’ was inspired by the words of Kevin Gosden whose son Andrew went missing from Doncaster at the age of 14 in 2007.

The original song was inspired by the words of Kevin Gosden whose son Andrew went missing from Doncaster aged 14

Profits from the song will go to the charity Missing People’s ‘Find Every Child’ campaign. An average of 140,000 children go missing in the UK every year and the campaign is aiming to be able to reach every one of them.

Jaime Cheesman was last seen 23 years ago, she teenager was last seen in Grimsby Credit: Humberside Police

Missing People Choir members performing on the single include; Nicki Durbin, for whom the song also marks the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of her son Luke on 12 May, Peter Boxell, whose son Lee went missing in 1988, Sarah Godwin, whose son Quentin went missing in May 1992, Ros Hodgkiss, whose daughter Alice Gross was missing for a month before she was tragically found to have been murdered, and Denise Horvath Allan, whose son Charles went missing in 1989.

The music video will also raise awareness of some of the UK’s most long-term missing children including Madeline McCann, Ben Needham, Kevin Hicks, Sandy Davidson and Katrice Lee.

Ben Needham went missing from the Greek island of Kos 25 years ago Credit: ITV News