Remembrance event in Sheffield highlights issue of missing loved ones

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A remembrance event has been held in Sheffield to highlight the issue of missing loved ones.

The British Red Cross held the event at the walled garden in Meersbrook Park, where a special tree was planted last year to mark the annual International Day of the Disappeared.

The charity helps family members who are separated by conflicts, disasters or migration.

Volunteers and staff from the British Red Cross international family tracing team in South Yorkshire joined people who have used the service and members of the public to share memories and stories of those who are missing.

Volunteer Olivia Frank, who is based in Sheffield, said: “People suffer terribly when they lose contact with their loved ones, and don’t know where they are or whether they are safe.

“Here in South Yorkshire we have one member of staff and 12 volunteers working hard to help restore family links, and our services are free, neutral, confidential and impartial.”

Those who think the British Red Cross international family tracing team in South Yorkshire could help them can call 0114 242 7378 or visit redcross.org.uk