For most people, 12th May will hold very little significance. But for two people, Gerry and Kate McCann, this date will always be one of memories, sadness, regret and torment. Today is their daughter Madeleine’s, 10th birthday.
On 3rd May 2007, just 9 days prior to her 4th birthday, Madeleine McCann was snatched from her bed whilst on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal. It is hard to believe that this tragic event took place 6 years ago.
Like most people in Britain, I have been unable to forget this little girl, nor the torment clearly visible in her parent’s eyes, at every press interview over the years.
As regular readers will know, we celebrated our own daughter’s birthday just a few days ago – a time of cake, balloons, presents, fun and laughter – just as it should be. I cannot begin to imagine how heart-breaking it must be for the McCann family to see this date and not be able to celebrate with their precious daughter. This is the reason why I’m joining in with #Blogging4Madeleine initiated by CJ who blogs over at A Mummy’s View
On this date last year, the Find Madeleine
campaign released an age-progressed image of what they think Madeleine might look like now:
Sadly, Madeleine has yet to be found and the search goes on. What can we do to help?
- If you’re someone who prays, then please lift up this family in your prayers today and ask for continued wisdom for the Metropolitan police who are still very much behind the search.
- Keep this search alive and her beautiful face in the forefront of people’s minds, by sharing this post (or any others from the #blogging4madeleine campaign) on social networking sites.
- If you have any information which might be important to finding Madeleine, call the investigation line on +44 845 838 4699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you’re a keen fundraiser, the charity Missing People, would love your assistance. Madeleine’s mother Kate, ran the London Marathon 2013 in aid of Missing People and raised an incredible £21,000!
- Keep up to date with the Find Madeleine campaign and the latest news, on their website.
According to Missing People
, a staggering 140,000 children go missing in Britain every year. Some of these children we will hear about, but many we will not. On 25th May 2013, Missing People will be launching International Missing Children’s Day
. At the very least, we can support them by joining in The Big Tweet
on that date and by following @missingpeople on Twitter.
Last but not least, if you have children, please hold them a little tighter as they go to bed tonight and remember those families who are not able to do that, in particular, the McCanns.