Sheffield mum reveals pain of missing son in new book

Kerry Needham at home in Strawberry Avenue, Ecclesfield, with a copy of her new book Ben about the search for her missing son Ben Needham.
Kerry Needham at home in Strawberry Avenue, Ecclesfield, with a copy of her new book Ben about the search for her missing son Ben Needham.
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THE mum of missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham has revealed the heartbreak of the search for her son in a new book.

Ben, by Kerry Needham, is published today.

Ben Needham went missing on the Greek island of Kos in July 1991, aged 21 months.

Ben Needham went missing on the Greek island of Kos in July 1991, aged 21 months.

In it, Kerry, of Ecclesfield, opens her heart as she talks about her childhood, having Ben and the day he went missing on the Greek island of Kos 22 years ago, aged just 21 months.

The 41-year-old talks about the search for her son and the pain she has suffered since he vanished – including three suicide attempts – as well as her hopes that one day they will be reunited.

Publisher Ebury Press says: “In her moving memoir, Kerry gives an honest and true account of that fateful day and how it changed her life forever. She talks emotionally about the unbearable pain of knowing her baby boy was alone somewhere without his mum.”

Kerry said she had wanted to write a book about her struggle for about 10 years.

She said: “We were struggling to raise funds to carry on the search.

“We approached some publishers, but it was refused as it had no ending. Then last year, I got a phone call from an agency who said would we consider doing it.

“To me, it’s publicity, keeping Ben’s name in the forefront of people’s minds.”

“It gives people an insight
into what kind of family we are – an ordinary working-class family from Sheffield. I want people to see what we’ve been through.”

Kerry, of Strawberry Avenue, admits writing the book was traumatic.

Kerry said: “I was in floods of tears everytime, going over everything.

“People ask me how I got through it, I ask myself and I have no idea. It’s probably the love and support of my family and the love for Ben.”

n Kerry will be signing copies of the book at WHSmith, Meadowhall shopping centre, on Saturday, from noon to 1pm. For details, call the store on 0114 256 8000.

n See Monday’s Star for an exclusive chat with Kerry.