Last Saturday saw the last episode of the 11th series of Britain’s Got Talent. The talent show has been around since 2007, and this edition’s final saw 11 talents square off for the title of 2017’s most talented British act. Vocalist group the Missing People Choir eventually finished eighth in the voting as the pianist Tokio Meyers took home the prize, but the group will enjoy quite a heartwarming consolation prize.
During their final performance, the Missing People Choir displayed a list of missing persons across the United Kingdom on the stage above them, and appealed for their safe return. They may not have won Britain’s Got Talent, but it has since emerged that a 13-year-old boy who appeared on the screen that day has been found and safely returned to his grateful family.
The Missing People Choir were formed by the Missing People Charity, who are the only charity in the United Kingdom to focus solely on “bringing missing children and adults back together with their families”, and are made up of people who have had friends or loved ones go missing, backed by Kate McCann, mother of Madeleine McCann.
Becoming a registered charity in 1993, Missing People have since helped to find over 250,000 people, and after their appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, this may increase further. Speaking after the showcase event, co-founder of the choir, Clare Cook, reported that one of the children featured on the Britain’s Got Talent final (who has remained anonymous) has been found.
We are delighted to announce that a 13-year old missing child who we appealed for on Britain’s Got Talent during the Missing People Choir’s performance saw his appeal and called his mum. He is now home safe and well.
They may not have won the competition, but Missing People Choir’s appearance has helped to re-open old missing persons cases that were long given up on by the police. Earlier this week, detectives investigating the 2003 disappearance of Natalie Putt exhumed graves around half a mile from her home in Dudley, West Midlands. It’s a turn of events her half-sister believes were inspired by her photo appearing onscreen at the Britain’s Got Talent final.
Additionally, a significant lead has been leaked to the Missing People helpline regarding the search for Tom Moore, who was 31 when he went missing in Italy 2003. His family have now flown out to Italy, after a man fitting his description was seen sleeping in a flower bed in Milan.
Since their first appearance on Britain’s Got Talent back in April, the Missing People Choir have raised over £7,000 on their JustGiving page, and the extra exposure has really helped the charity to locate several missing people across the country.
Having got to the final of the reality talent show, many contestants may have been disappointed to finish eighth, but the Missing People Choir show that some things are more important than victory or fame. If you would like to support the Missing People Charity, then please donate to their Just Giving page above, or contact the free 24-hour helpline at 116 000.