Corrie McKeague’s mother Nicola Urquhart pledges to support SULSAR charity for ‘rest of her life’
12:45 16 February 2017
The mother of missing serviceman Corrie McKeague has vowed to spend the rest of her life raising funds for the Suffolk search and rescue charity which has spent more than 6,000 hours searching for her son.
The RAF Regiment gunner went missing from the centre of Bury St Edmunds on September 24, after a night out with friends.
In the months since, volunteers at Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue (SULSAR) have scoured the vast rural areas around Bury, RAF Honington and Barton Mills, where his phone was traced to.
Nicola Urquhart, Corrie’s mother, said she can never say thank you enough to the charity, who have also helped on two public searches. The next public search is on Sunday, February 19.
She said: “Myself, Makeyan, Darroch and our family will never be able to show our true gratitude. Even if Corrie was found tomorrow, I will still spend the rest of my life trying to find ways of raising money for this charity.
“The efforts they have already made and future efforts are truly what lets us function, I know every single member of SULSAR will never ever stop searching for Corrie. I pray none of you, not one other person, should ever have to need their service to search for your child or loved one, but if you do, I hope that each penny you have all given for everything I have supported to raise for SULSAR helps you too.”
SULSAR has seen unprecedented support in the months since Corrie went missing. Thousands of pounds have been donated, including £5,000 from Suffolk gambling entrepreneur Colin Davey.
SULSAR chairman Andy King has spoken previously about the “Corrie effect”, which has raised awareness of lowland rescue teams.
He said: “I would like to thank Colin Davey, of Top the Lot gambling, who has very generously donated £5,000 to the team, and...has pledged to help and assist the team further with funding and assistance.”
While coordinating the last public search, on January 22 he said: “Before Corrie went missing, many people would not have even known about lowland rescue. They would have all heard of mountain rescue, but lowland just did not have the profile. Corrie’s disappearance has shined a spotlight on what we do.”
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