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Mother of missing man joins support charity

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 14:21

THE mother of missing Damien Nettles has become an official family representative for the charity, Missing People.
Val Nettles, formerly of Gurnard but now living in the United States, has taken up the new position, which was created to give more effective support to those affected when someone disappears.
Damien went missing in 1996 when he was 16. He was last seen on CCTV at Yorkie’s fish and chip shop, in Cowes High Street, the night he disappeared.
New figures show there were more than 330,000 incidents of people going missing in the UK last year.
Missing People has caring, highly skilled staff and volunteers working around the clock around the UK.
Mrs Nettles, who is returning to the Isle of Wight for an awareness evening for Damien on January 15 in The Anchor pub in Cowes, said: "Families of missing people often find themselves left in limbo and lack the resources to deal with the emotional and practical impact of the situation.
"The Missing Rights campaign strives to give families with missing loved ones the same rights of support as victims of crime."
The role is the first of several new volunteer opportunities on the Island.
Martin Houghton-Brown, chief executive of Missing People, said: "If your house is burgled, you are automatically offered emotional, practical and legal support. If your child goes missing you may get nothing.
"Families affected on the Island face injustice, such as being forced into otherwise avoidable debt, homes being seized, jobs being lost and having to cope with social stigma."
He added: "Family representatives will highlight the diverse needs, emotions and thoughts of families affected."
To send a message of support to all families of missing people visit www.missingpeople.org.uk/missingrights

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