Madeleine McCann’s parents insist ‘hope and perseverance remain’

Madeleine McCann’s parents insist ‘hope and perseverance remain’ on 11th anniversary of her disappearance as police get another £154,000 to continue investigation

  • Parents of Madeleine McCann mark 11th anniversary of their daughter’s kidnap
  • Brave Kate and Gerry cling onto a glimmer of hope Maddie could still be alive 
  • In message to mark milestone they vow: ‘We will do whatever it takes to find her’

Kate and Gerry cling onto a glimmer of hope that ‘their little girl’ who they describe as ‘a real little person’ could still be alive

The parents of Madeleine McCann insist ‘hope and perseverance remain’ as they mark the 11th anniversary of their daughter’s kidnap.

Brave Kate and Gerry cling onto a glimmer of hope that ‘their little girl’ who they describe as ‘a real little person’ could still be alive. 

And in a message to mark another painful milestone they vow: ‘We will do whatever it takes to find her.’ 

It comes as Scotland Yard received another £154,000 to continue the investigation into her disappearance for another six months.  

In a posting on the official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page the pair from Rothley, Leicestershire, reveal that ‘work goes on’ to find her. 

Three-year-old Maddie vanished during a family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007. 

She was snatched from a bedroom at a complex apartment after being left sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas restaurant with friends. 

Former GP Kate, 50, and heart doctor Gerry, 49, said continued supported from family, friends and the public was ‘a real tonic and a boost to our spirits.’ 

In a posting on the official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page the pair from Rothley, Leicestershire, reveal that ‘work goes on’ to find her

In a joint message they write: ‘Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and wish us, especially Madeleine, well. After 11 years such warmth and persisting solidarity is truly remarkable. 

‘We couldn’t bear for Madeleine to be forgotten or become just a ‘story.’ 

‘Thank you so much for staying with us on this mission.’

Maddie would now be aged 14, nearly 15. 

Her parents admit: ‘It gets hard to know what to say or write as each anniversary of Madeleine’s abduction approaches then passes. 

‘Life is full and busy which helps but Madeleine is still missing and is dearly missed.’ 

The couple said: ‘We couldn’t bear for Madeleine to be forgotten or become just a “story”. Thank you so much for staying with us on this mission.’

The McCann’s remains extreme grateful to Scotland Yard who have actively been searching for their daughter for the past seven years.  

Scotland Yard has been handed another £154,000 by the Home Office to continue the investigation into Maddie’s disappearance for another six months.   

Local police ended their investigation in 2009.  

Operation Grange, which was launched in 2011, is still pursuing several lines of inquiry with detectives regularly travelling to the Algarve to chase down leads.

The task force was scaled back three years ago but funding has continued every six months to keep the inquiry going. 

Maddie’s parents said: ‘Information continues to come in incredible as it may seem after so long although we are grateful for that.’

Kate and Gerry are expected to join well wishers to remember Maddie tomorrow night during a poignant prayer service to mark the anniversary. 

They are due to take part in the simple outdoor gathering in their home village to pray for Maddie. 

Crowds of supporters, family, friends and locals will assemble at the war memorial where a lantern – a beacon of hope – still shines brightly around the clock for the world’s most famous missing child.

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