GBBO winner John Whaite makes desperate plea to find his missing sister

Victoria Cunningham "absconded" from Faro airport

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John Whaite, the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2012, has put out a desperate plea to find his sister after she went missing at Faro airport in Portugal.

The TV star said that his sister, Victoria Cunningham, didn’t have her passport with her and claimed: “Portuguese police aren’t interested in helping us search for her.”

John explained that Victoria was supposed to board a flight on Saturday with her boyfriend but was turned away “due to breakdown and intoxication”.

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He went on to explain that she suffers from “depression” and “PMDD” – premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

John previously opened up to Lorraine Kelly about his battle with depression (Credit: YouTube)

He added: “Boyfriend leaves her at Faro airport.”

John said she was due to catch a new flight on Monday and was “left by police at check in” before she absconded without her passport and money.

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

Explaining that he was at home in UK relaying the information, John added of his sister’s mental state: “She is vulnerable and could pose a risk only to herself.”

Revealing that his family were “worried sick”, John said that Victoria “has a history of mental illness and suicide risk”.

John won the third series of the hit BBC show when he was 23 and now works as a chef and TV presenter. He has also written a number of cookbooks.

He said: “I just pray we can get her home safe and sound.”

John previously opened up to Lorraine about his battle with depression, revealing that he saw a counsellor during college.

He said: “I’ve always been different. Only recently have I realised how strange I’ve been acting at home because sometimes I can’t even look at my family in the eye.”

He added: “If I looked them in the eye they’d be able to read me and realise I was going through some sort of down day.”

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