A SONGWRITER from Wearside is aiming to bring hope to the family of a
British toddler Ben Needham disappeared more than 20 years ago from the
Greek island of Kos, aged 21 months.
His devastated family have never given up looking for him and have now
enlisted the help of musician Nigel Graham.
The 42-year-old, from High Usworth, Washington, has already composed
in support of the search for Madeleine McCann and missing Canadian
Jessie Foster, who disappeared from Las Vegas, aged 21.
Nigel explained how he became involved with the campaign, which led to
Ben’s mum Kerry getting in touch to thank him for his support.
“A man called Steve Farthing who runs Madeleine forum asked if I could
write and compose a song for Ben, because the song I did to help
Madeleine has been a good success on the internet in raising awareness.
“I finished the song then sent it to Ben’s official website, which has
made the official video for the song.
“Kerry has been in touch she was in tears. It’s taken 20 years for
someone to come along and help. With a song for Ben, I am hoping to help
raise funds with the downloads, as it’s only 99p on iTunes.
“All money raised is going towards Ben’s campaign. I would like to have
some luggage labels made for Ben so when people go on there holidays to
Greece the picture of Ben and information is on labels to spread the
“We are also asking for television and radio presenters to download the
song and play it on their show.
“The public can help by sharing the official video A Song for Ben on
Youtube and downloading the song on itunes.”
Kerry Needham has dedicated her life to trying to track down Ben, whose
distinctive blond hair hit the headlines when he went missing in July
She said: “Nigel’s song will help gain media publicity regarding Ben’s
abduction and keeping it in the public eye as much as possible, as it is
so difficult to come up with ideas to keep the media interested.
“I thought the song was a wonderful idea and nothing like this has been
done before for Ben; it has certainly brought Ben’s case back to light
again and also using social networking sites such as Facebook and
Twitter, it also reaches people that are not even aware that Ben is
“I can not even begin to explain how much this means to myself and Ben’s
family. Nigel is such a talented and wonderful person for doing this for
A spokesman for the campaign to find Ben said: “We hope that this song
will be seen around the world and raise much more needed awareness for
Ben’s story, and could even reach Ben himself, and get him to ask the
questions about himself he may not have thought before.
“We believe Ben is still out there somewhere and that we will find him.”
The official video can be seen at www.find.ben.co.uk.