THE family of a missing Golcar man will be collecting coppers in the town centre next weekend.
Steven Cooper has not been seen since January 2008.
Since then his family have joined forces with the Missing People charity to continue the search for Steven.
They will be wearing pink T-shirts and collecting for a special campaign in Huddersfield on Saturday, March 20.
His sister Trish Cooper said: “I’ve started the Coppers for Christmas campaign to raise money for a week’s worth of advisors to take calls from missing people and their families. It’s a long way off, but we want to do all we can to raise around £1,000 to fund the service.
“I know how difficult it is, especially at Christmas, so it must be as difficult for thousands more people whose family or friends are missing.
“Just having someone who you can phone and talk to, if only for a few minutes, means so much.”
The collection coincides with the return of the Missing Live series, which will run for two weeks on the BBC from March 15.
Although Trish doesn’t know if Steven’s case will be featured, she says it’s an important programme for other families in a situation like theirs.
Steven has been missing from his Golcar home since January 20, 2008.
Despite police finding his car near Loch Laggan in Scotland soon after his disappearance, there has been no firm news of his whereabouts since.
“I’m humbled by how thoughtful people have been so far,” Trish added.
“I am obviously concerned about my brother, but there are thousands of families like ours who need help too.”
The Cooper family will be in the town centre on New Street on March 20, from 10am.