THE FAMILY of a missing man from Waterlooville has thanked a food delivery company for displaying a poster of him on its riders, in the hopes it will lead to information on his whereabouts.
Deliveroo riders are displaying the poster of Matthew Bone (known as Matt), from Widley, who went missing on March 9 this year.
Five hundred riders are sporting mobile billboards on the bags used to deliver food in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol this month, as part of a campaign with charity Missing People.
Matt, 27, will have his poster displayed in Bristol, near to where he was last seen in Worcestershire.
He was last seen at QA Hospital in Cosham on March 6, before visiting the Stanbrook Abbey hotel in Malvern on March 9.
Matt’s parents, Mike and Karen Bone, and sister Katie, are devastated by his disappearance. On the Matthew Bone – Missing Person Facebook page, a post reads: ‘During December, Deliveroo riders in Bristol will display Matt's poster as part of the company’s Ride to Find campaign.
‘Thank you Missing People and Deliveroo for this opportunity to raise awareness and to help bring Matt home.’
A trial across the four cities has already yielded results, with three out of the four people featured being found safe and well.
Jo Youle, Missing People's chief executive, said: ‘We hope this fantastic partnership will help us reunite families and loved ones this Christmas.’
Katie Bone said she and her family are also arranging for a food distribution company to display Matt’s poster on the back of its lorries in the next couple of weeks.
The Deliveroo app is also introducing a fundraising feature, giving customers the opportunity to donate to the charity.
West Mercia Police are investigating Matt’s case, and anyone with information can call them on 101. Unfortunately there are no significant leads as to his whereabouts.
Visit facebook.com/missingmattbone for updates.