The sister of 2012’s Great British Bake Off winner is missing in Portugal after leaving an airport without her passport.

John Whaite has appealed for help after his sister Victoria Cunningham failed to get on her flight home after a trip to Faro.

Mr Whaite wrote: “She has no passport with her.

Ms Cunningham had left without money or her passport
Ms Cunningham had left without money or her passport

“If you see her please tell her that her family just want her home safe and sound.

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“Apparently she headed towards a petrol station in Faro, leaving the airport trying to take a can of coke w/o payment (can therefore assume no money).

“My other sister Jane and friend Chris are flying out now to try and find her.

“She is vulnerable and could pose a risk only to herself.”

Posting a timeline of what happened, he explained she was unable to board her scheduled flight at 11.05am on Saturday, because of a breakdown and intoxication.

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He said she has been diagnosed with depression and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a condition linked to monthly hormone cycles which can cause anxiety, mood swings and suicidal thoughts.

John Whaite said the family wanted her home safe
John Whaite said the family wanted her home safe

He said she had been due to fly back on Monday and was dropped at the check-in desk by police, but then left the airport, dumping her own passport.

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Mr Whaite added: “Portuguese police have said they don’t have to look for her unless she commits a crime.

“But she has a history of mental illness and suicide risk.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21:  John Whaite and Eric Lanlard (R) attend the third annual Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards 2015 on May 21, 2015 in London, England. The awards celebrate the best in writing, publishing and broadcasting on food and drink.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Fortnum & Mason)
John Whaite won Bake Off in 2012

“This behaviour stems from diagnoses of depression and PMDD.”

Ms Cunningham also works in the food industry, running the Tunley Hall Catering Company, which is based in Wigan.

:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email [email protected]



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