Children’s help group launched after Amber Peat tragedy

Amber Peat.
Amber Peat.

Parents involved in the search for tragic teen Amber Peat are to launch their own charity to help troubled youngsters.

Thirteen-year-old Amber went missing from her home on the Ladybrook estate in May and her body was found hanging in bushes three days later, less than a mile away.

Hundreds of people from the community took part in the high-profile three-day search.

Now seven of those involved have launched ‘Where There’s Hope’, a support group for young children who are suffering in silence with depression.

Kirsty Hannah, of Orchard Street, Mansfield Woodhouse said: “We always wanted to do something about depression, and during the search for Amber Peat, that’s how we all met and came together.

“Most of us have children, and a lot of children below the age of 16 have issues and need help.”

As part of the group’s remit, they hope to give talks at school about depression, provide counselling and support, and help fund search parties for youngsters who go missing in the future.

Julie Richardson, of Bellamy Road, said: “During the search (for Amber)we had to provide our own posters and torches. We aim to help fund families in this position with all things necessary to find a missing person.

“There’s been a lot of time put into this.

“We just wanted to come together to try and do something so they can talk about their experiences and give them something to focus on.”

The group is busy raising the £5,000 needed to become a registered charity and have already held a number of events to help pull in the pounds.

Once they have the status secured, they have long-term plans to open a youth club, organise day trips, run an allotment for children and even set up a 24-hour helpline.

This Sunday, August 2, the group will hold a sponsored 14-mile walk from Mansfield to Nottingham to help them reach their total.

Starting on Market Place, Mansfield, it will finish at Slab Square in Nottingham.

Anyone wanting to take part can join the walk shortly before 11am on Sunday.

To join the group’s Facebook page, go to www.facebook.com/wherethereshope