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« Reply #320 on: November 10, 2010, 08:27:42 AM »

God bless Madeleine and her family...I still believe that she is alive and will be found one  of these days..hopefully soon...xxx
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« Reply #321 on: November 10, 2010, 05:31:43 PM »


 
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IT’S not much to ask – either of the authorities or, initially, of us as individuals.

The family of Madeleine McCann, who has now been missing for three and a half years and who has been badly let down by a shocking excuse for a police investigation, is making a very straightforward request.

A request it really shouldn’t have to be making.

If you go to www.findmadeleine.com you will find a link to another website (www.ipetitions.com/petition/madeleinemccann_case_review/) which carries the following words . . .

“We call on the UK and Portuguese authorities to conduct an independent and transparent review of all information in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.”

The reader is asked to back this statement by signing the online petition, which was launched last Wednesday and, by yesterday, had received around 30,000 signatures.

That Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry, even had to contemplate taking such action is a sad indictment of what has – and, more importantly, hasn’t – happened, both here and in Portgual.

They have spoken often of leaving no stone unturned in their own attempts to find their daughter – it’s just a terrible pity that the powers-that-be have not had the same attitude, nor displayed the same determination


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« Reply #322 on: November 14, 2010, 08:48:29 PM »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11754319
McCanns sign Madeleine book deal
November 14, 2010

The parents of Madeleine McCann have signed a deal to write a book about their daughter's disappearance.

Publisher Transworld has bought the rights to their story of how Madeleine disappeared from a holiday apartment in Portugal and their efforts to find her.

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, was nearly four when she vanished in Praia da Luz, Algarve, in May 2007.

All proceeds from the book will go to the fund to look for Madeleine, which has been at risk of running out.

The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance formally ceased in July 2008, but private detectives employed by the McCanns have continued the search for the missing child.

The book, entitled Madeleine, will be published on April 28 next year to coincide with the fourth anniversary of her disappearance.

Kate McCann, 42, said: "My reason for writing is simple - to give an account of the truth.
 
Madeleine was days from her fourth birthday when she disappeared

"Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart.

"However, in the last few months, with the depletion of Madeleine's Fund, it is a decision that has virtually been taken out of our hands.

"Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl."

Mr McCann, also 42, added the couple were hopeful the book may help the investigation to find Madeleine in other ways too.

"Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information - knowingly or not - to come forward and share it with our team. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw," he said.

Transworld has acquired the rights to publish the book in the UK, Commonwealth countries and Europe.

It is being written by the McCanns themselves and is currently part-complete.
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« Reply #323 on: November 14, 2010, 10:06:19 PM »

 McCann’s parents  sign book deal to raise cash to continue the search
By Ryan Kisiel
Last updated at 12:57 AM on 15th November 2010

 Missing: The book will raise money to fund the search for Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann’s parents have signed a multi-million pound book deal to write about their daughter’s disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann’s emotional account about their four-year-old vanishing from a holiday apartment is an attempt to raise money to continue the search for her.
Profits from the book – which is expected to be one of next year’s best-sellers – will be donated to the family’s official fund to find Madeleine.
The book, simply entitled Madeleine, will be published on April 28 next year to coincide with the fourth anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance.
It comes as earlier this month they revealed that the dwindling fund would run out of money by early 2012.
Within weeks of Maddie being snatched from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007 money from the public poured in to boost the Find Madeleine Fund. At its height it stood at £2 million. But now there is just £300,000 left.
Precise details of the publishing deal have not been released, but a source said it included a ‘substantial’ advance and included ‘enhanced royalties’ - giving the couple a bigger share of profits from sales.
Mrs McCann, 42, said: ‘My reason for writing is simple - to give an account of the truth.
‘Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart.
‘However, in the last few months, with the depletion of Madeleine’s Fund, it is a decision that has virtually been taken out of our hands.
‘Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.’
 Kate and Gerry McCann confirmed the book will be published to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance next April 

Mr McCann, also 42, added: ‘We are hopeful that this book may help the investigation to find Madeleine in other ways too.
‘Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information - knowingly or not - to come forward and share it with our team. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw.’
Transworld won the rights to publish the book - which is being written by the McCanns themselves and is currently part-complete - in the UK, the Commonwealth and Europe.
It is expected to sell thousands of copies due to the overwhelming interest since her disappearance in April 2007 and be priced at £20.
The publisher is home to best-selling authors including The Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown, fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.
Transworld publisher Bill Scott-Kerr said: ‘It is an enormous privilege to be publishing this book.
‘We are so pleased to be joining Kate and Gerry McCann in the Find Madeleine campaign.’

Deals for newspaper serialisations and translations of the book are now expected to be negotiated.
The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, are fighting a legal battle against former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral over his book alleging that Madeleine died in the apartment and that her parents faked her abduction - something they strongly deny.
The appeal court in Lisbon last month overturned an injunction obtained by the couple banning publication of Mr Amaral’s work, Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie.
But a source close to the McCanns said their decision to write their own book had nothing to do with rebutting Mr Amaral’s allegations.
‘It certainly hasn’t been prompted by him,’ the source said.
Earlier this month, Mrs McCann admitted she ‘had to face up to the fact’ that her missing daughter may never be found.
Mrs McCann also accused the Government of giving up the hunt for the child, who went missing shortly before her fourth birthday.
She said a series of ministers had shrugged off her pleas for help. ‘I don’t want to be appeased, and that’s what I feel we’re getting. We need action, I don’t need fluffy worthless words,’ she said.
The couple have written an open letter begging for political and financial help and launched an online petition to lobby the British and Portuguese governments for a formal review of the case.
Portuguese police shelved an 18-month investigation into the disappearance after clearing her parents as formal suspects, and the case has remained closed.
Madeleine was four when she vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007, as her parents dined with friends nearby.
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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1329739/Madeleine-McCann-s-parents-sign-book-deal-raise-cash-continue-search.html#ixzz15JgbE0GP
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« Reply #324 on: November 17, 2010, 04:50:50 PM »

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40233211/ns/today-books/

There's an intersting video following the article, sorry, I don't know how to bring vid. over.
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« Reply #325 on: November 17, 2010, 04:54:37 PM »

....the video is INTERESTING too
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« Reply #326 on: November 18, 2010, 04:59:35 PM »

The Laz Word....on Kate and Gerry McCann....
...and the book of the nightmare
Date Published: 18/11/2010 16:42:WILL I be queuing up in WH Smith’s to buy a personally autographed copy of the book about to be written by the parents of Madeleine McCann? Of course not. I have only once in my life got in line to buy a book hot off the presses and that was the final volume of the Harry Potter series.


What are they expected to do? Sit back and pray for ‘closure’ or never give up hope? If the proceeds of the book help to keep their hopes alive then good luck to them


The reaction, judging by some of the comments on the internet to this week's decision by Gerry and Liverpool-born Kate McCann has been mixed, with a huge helping of outrage, disgust even.

Perhaps the fact that there was a so-called bidding war to win the prize of the McCann signatures on a contract prompted some animosity. Perhaps it’s because details of the financial arrangements have been kept under wraps arouses ill feeling.

All we know is the couple will be receiving a substantial advance and enhanced royalties once the £20 tome is on the bookshelves.

The proceeds from the sale of the book, according to statements, will all be going to the McCann’s official fund set up to look for Madeleine.

Kate McCann says the book will give the family the chance to give a truthful account of the disappearance of Madeleine during a family holiday to Portugal on May 3, 2007. Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from the family holiday apartment in the Algarve as her parents dined with friends near by.

The McCanns are currently fighting a legal battle against a former Portuguese detective over his book alleging Madeleine died in the apartment and that her parents faked her abduction. It’s an allegation they have always strongly denied.




 



You have to admire the way the McCanns have somehow managed to keep the story of their little girl in the worldwide spotlight, never giving up hope of a miracle that will one day see them re-united with their missing daughter.

Some of the critics are unforgiving for the way the McCanns were dining out, while their children slept, even though it was just a very short distance and they kept a regular watch on the bedroom.

Perhaps sympathy at times did transform into sickliness when ‘official spokespeople’ for the McCanns popped up on television screens making pronouncements, in the way celebrities have spokespeople.

The McCanns may be savvy in the use of modern media, generating publicity, giving interviews, opening their lives to a world more eager than ever for real-life drama, as opposed to docu-soap trash.

What are they expected to do? Sit back and pray for ‘closure’ or never give up hope? If the proceeds of the book help to keep their hopes alive then good luck to them.

I wonder what the reaction will be when the next chapter happens, the film of the book?

The flack taken by Kate and Gerry McCann, while distressing, is a small, but unfair, price to pay for their continuing mission. My bet is they would sacrifice every halfpenny they possess for the return of their child.

The book, Madeleine, is to be published next April close to the fourth anniversary of the youngster’s mystery disappearance.

London-based published Transworld has acquired the rights to publish the book - which is being written by the McCanns. They have already put pen to paper.

Transworld boasts among its stable, best-selling authors, including The Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown and fantasy novelist TerryPratchett. The book is predicted to be a top seller.

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« Reply #327 on: November 19, 2010, 09:59:21 PM »

McCann family to publish Madeleine book
20/11/2010

Representatives of the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann have revealed this week that a book describing their ordeal since the disappearance of their daughter in May 2007 in the Algarve will be published next spring.



In a statement sent to The Portugal News, Kate McCann explained there were several different reasons as to why she and her husband Gerry came to the decision to write and publish a book.

“This decision has not been an easy one. Many factors needed to be given thorough and careful consideration, not least the impact of such a book on the lives of our three children. My reason for writing is simple; to give an account of the truth”, explained Mrs. McCann.

“Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart. However, in the last few months with the depletion of Madeleine’s Fund, it is a decision that has virtually been taken out of our hands”, she explained, adding: “Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.”

Meanwhile, Madeleine’s father Gerry said: “We are hopeful that this book may help the investigation to find Madeleine in other ways too. Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information (knowingly or not) to come forward and share it with our team.  Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw.”

Bill Scott-Kerr, Publisher at Transworld, bought the book from the Christopher Little Literary Agency for publication in the spring of 2011. All royalties will be donated directly to Madeleine’s Fund – Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited.


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« Reply #328 on: November 22, 2010, 08:42:06 PM »

I for one will buy their book.
Possibly it will be helpful to them spiritually as well.
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« Reply #329 on: November 22, 2010, 09:40:30 PM »

I for one will buy their book.
Possibly it will be helpful to them spiritually as well.

me too...
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« Reply #330 on: December 14, 2010, 02:43:40 AM »

British police ‘developed evidence’ against McCanns, WikiLeaks cable claims
By Paul Bentley
Last updated at 5:50 AM on 14th December 2010

The parents of Madeleine McCann had evidence against them ‘developed’ by British police as they were investigated by ­Portuguese authorities over the disappearance of their daughter, a senior official has claimed.

The UK’s ambassador to Portugal, Alexander Wykeham Ellis, told his American counterpart that police in Britain were working with Portuguese officers to build a case against the McCanns.

He made the claims on September 21, 2007, according to secret diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.

 Tough times: Kate and Gerry McCann were subject to a Portuguese police investigation, allegedly aided by evidence 'developed' by their British counterparts
Two weeks earlier, Portuguese police had named Gerry and Kate McCann as ‘arguidos’, or formal suspects.

In a cable to Washington marked confidential, U.S. ambassador Al Hoffman wrote: ‘Without delving into the details of the case, Ellis admitted that the British police had developed the current evidence against the McCann parents, and he stressed that authorities from both countries were working co-operatively.’

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The cable does not specify what evidence British police are alleged to have gathered, or whether UK investigators were involved in the decision to formally name the McCanns as suspects.
The comments suggest British police had a far greater role in the investigation of the McCanns than has previously been thought.
The widespread perception at the time was that Portuguese authorities were the driving force behind their treatment as suspects.
 Missing: Madeleine McCann disappeared while on holiday in Portugal
In one of two cables which refer to the case, U.S. ambassador Hoffman also noted: ‘Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in the south of Portugal in May 2007 has generated international media attention with controversy surrounding the Portuguese-led police investigation and the actions of Madeleine’s parents.’

He said the British ambassador thought ‘the media frenzy was to be expected and was acceptable as long as government officials keep their comments behind closed doors’.

The McCanns have said that there was ‘absolutely no evidence to implicate them in Madeleine’s disappearance’.
After they were named as suspects, Madeleine’s parents remained under official suspicion until July 2008, when Portuguese police shelved the investigation into their daughter’s disappearance.

Speaking when their suspect status was lifted, Mrs McCann said: ‘It is hard to describe how utterly despairing it was to be named arguidos and portrayed in the media as suspects.’

Following the WikiLeaks revelation, a spokesman for the McCanns said: ‘This is an entirely historic note that is more than three years old.

‘Subsequently, Kate and Gerry had their arguido status lifted, with the Portuguese authorities making it perfectly clear that there was absolutely no evidence to implicate them in Madeleine’s disappearance.’

Madeleine went missing from an apartment in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, when she was three years old.



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« Reply #331 on: December 14, 2010, 06:12:49 AM »

British police ‘developed evidence’ against McCanns, WikiLeaks cable claims
By Paul Bentley
Last updated at 5:50 AM on 14th December 2010

The parents of Madeleine McCann had evidence against them ‘developed’ by British police as they were investigated by ­Portuguese authorities over the disappearance of their daughter, a senior official has claimed.

The UK’s ambassador to Portugal, Alexander Wykeham Ellis, told his American counterpart that police in Britain were working with Portuguese officers to build a case against the McCanns.

He made the claims on September 21, 2007, according to secret diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.

 Tough times: Kate and Gerry McCann were subject to a Portuguese police investigation, allegedly aided by evidence 'developed' by their British counterparts
Two weeks earlier, Portuguese police had named Gerry and Kate McCann as ‘arguidos’, or formal suspects.

In a cable to Washington marked confidential, U.S. ambassador Al Hoffman wrote: ‘Without delving into the details of the case, Ellis admitted that the British police had developed the current evidence against the McCann parents, and he stressed that authorities from both countries were working co-operatively.’

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The cable does not specify what evidence British police are alleged to have gathered, or whether UK investigators were involved in the decision to formally name the McCanns as suspects.
The comments suggest British police had a far greater role in the investigation of the McCanns than has previously been thought.
The widespread perception at the time was that Portuguese authorities were the driving force behind their treatment as suspects.
 Missing: Madeleine McCann disappeared while on holiday in Portugal
In one of two cables which refer to the case, U.S. ambassador Hoffman also noted: ‘Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in the south of Portugal in May 2007 has generated international media attention with controversy surrounding the Portuguese-led police investigation and the actions of Madeleine’s parents.’

He said the British ambassador thought ‘the media frenzy was to be expected and was acceptable as long as government officials keep their comments behind closed doors’.

The McCanns have said that there was ‘absolutely no evidence to implicate them in Madeleine’s disappearance’.
After they were named as suspects, Madeleine’s parents remained under official suspicion until July 2008, when Portuguese police shelved the investigation into their daughter’s disappearance.

Speaking when their suspect status was lifted, Mrs McCann said: ‘It is hard to describe how utterly despairing it was to be named arguidos and portrayed in the media as suspects.’

Following the WikiLeaks revelation, a spokesman for the McCanns said: ‘This is an entirely historic note that is more than three years old.

‘Subsequently, Kate and Gerry had their arguido status lifted, with the Portuguese authorities making it perfectly clear that there was absolutely no evidence to implicate them in Madeleine’s disappearance.’

Madeleine went missing from an apartment in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, when she was three years old.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338421/British-police-developed-evidence-McCanns-WikiLeaks-cable-claims.html#ixzz184NSheOi

I can't even begin to imagine what this family has gone through.  It is truly beyond any comprehension I have . . . my prayers continue for this courageous family.
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« Reply #332 on: December 16, 2010, 01:09:38 AM »

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   Martin Brunt. I hear that ex-Madeleine cop Goncalo Amaral has tried to use the WikiLeaks revelation to get the Portuguese investigation re-opened, but he's been rebuffed.

He urged the Attorrney-General in Lisbon to find out exactly what evidence against her parents was "developed" by British police.

I imagine the top law officer Jose Pinto Monteiro, already knew what it was all about.

He said today that the Portuguese authorities would not respond to "opinions, digressions, political analyses, abstract theories and journalistic comment."

Only fresh evidence would prompt a re-investigation, he said.

The Wikileaks website released a diplomatic cable from 2007 which suggested that British police had played an active role in helping the Portuguese cops build a case against Kate and Gerry McCann over Madeleine's disappearance in May that year.

It was always a bit of a mystery at the time which British police were doing what, though they kept saying they were simply acting as "co-ordinators"

The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer Rogerio Alves said the cable was probably refering to the use of sniffer dogs, which were sent to examine the family's holiday apartment, hire car and other things weeks later and before the couple were made official suspects in September.

Mr. Alves said: "This information is totally useless. It makes one reference to evidence state prosecutors and the Judicial police considered useless.

"Nobody in a democratic state can be brought to trial on the basis of dogs barking."

The dogs were said to have found evidence of blood and a body, but the McCanns were eventually cleared of any involvement in their daughter's disappearance and insist the suspicion around them held up the search for Madeleine and dissuaded potential witness from speaking to police.

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« Reply #333 on: December 19, 2010, 06:04:35 PM »


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Parents of missing Madeleine McCann slam WikiLeaks over claims
Dec 19 2010 Bruce Walker, Sunday Mail

MADELEINE McCANN'S parents have told of their heartache as they face a fourth Christmas without their missing daughter and blasted WikiLeaks "smears" for compounding their hurt.

The controversial website released a diplomatic cable from 2007 which suggested that British police played an active role in helping the Portuguese cops build a case against Kate and Gerry McCann over Madeleine's disappearance in May that year.

The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer Rogerio Alves has said the cable was probably refering to the use of sniffer dogs.

They were sent to examine the family's holiday flat, hire car and other things weeks later and before the couple were made official suspects.

But the McCanns said the WikiLeaks release "has led to the repetition of many unfounded allegations and smears both in the UK and in Portugal in particular".

Writing on their website, the couple said: "This has been seized on as an opportunity by those who wish to compound our suffering and hamper our efforts.

"Those who could help Madeleine but choose to do nothing are also complicit in this injustice.

"Without the love and help from so many good people around the world we would not be able to find the strength to continue the fight to find our daughter.

"This month marks our fourth Christmas without Madeleine.

"We hope with all our hearts that wherever she is, she is safe and well and whoever may be with her is treating her with the love and respect she so deserves.

"We would like to thank all our supporters for staying at our side in spite of the injustices that we continue to be subjected to.

"Madeleine is the person who suffers most from all of this injustice. It is this fact alone which causes us the most distress. It is absolutely heartbreaking.

"Thank you to all those who have signed our petition calling on the UK and Portuguese governments to conduct an independent review of Madeleine's case.

"The petition is still ongoing. If you haven't signed and would like to further the search for Madeleine, please sign our online petition or sign a paper petition form.

"Along with our family, we would like to thank everyone who has sent us Christmas cards, letters, donations and gifts at this difficult time of year.

"It is impossible to find enough positive words to describe such kindness or the hugely important and heart-warming effect it has on us.

"Without any doubt, it helps us immensely and we are incredibly grateful."

Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in southern Portugal on May 3, 2007, while her parents dined with friends nearby.


http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2010/12/19/parents-of-missing-madeleine-mccann-slam-wikileaks-over-claims-86908-22794652/
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« Reply #334 on: December 22, 2010, 12:02:18 AM »

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McCanns ask kidnappers to treat their daughter with respect
by Katie Naylor
The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have posted a message up on their website urging the people responsible for taking their daughter to treat her with respect and love. This will be the fourth Christmas which Gerry and Kate McCann will be spending without their daughter. They also reaffirmed their commitment not to give up on their search for Madeleine.

The three-year-old went missing in 2007 from an apartment being rented by the McCanns in Praia de Luz, a popular holiday resort in Portugal. The couple’s plight was once again thrown into the spotlight recently when claims were made by WikiLeaks that as the pair were being investigated for their possible involvement in the case by the authorities in Portugal, the UK police were also building a case against them.

Kate McCann said that accusations had once again meant facing smears and allegations which had no basis in reality. Since she went missing, Madeleine’s parents have successfully fought a number of publications for implying that they were somehow directly responsible for their daughter’s disappearance.

The pair have always said they believe the time wasted by the Portuguese authorities trying to build a case against them jeopardised the efforts being made to locate Madeleine. The McCann’s had to endure a wait of ten months before the Portuguese authorities shelved the case admitting they could find no incriminating evidence against the pair.

The McCanns believe that if the police had not wasted time on them they would have been able to find more potential witnesses and perhaps even their daughter

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« Reply #335 on: December 22, 2010, 08:28:07 PM »

Again, these are brave people . . . my prayers with the family . . . how hard anything, and particularly difficult during the holidays.
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.Madeleine McCann's aunt explains why she has joined charity for missing people.. and how search for little girl goes on
Dec 23 2010 Exclusive by Annie Brown

IN the window of Patricia Cameron's porch is a photo of her niece Madeleine McCann with the caption, "Still missing, still missed, still looking."

Another Christmas is about to pass, the fourth since Madeleine disappeared in May 2007, leaving only pain and longing behind.

Patricia said: "Christmas is one of the toughest times. But every family occasion is marred because there is a little person who is not there.

"It doesn't get any easier. If anything, it gets harder."

This week, Patricia became a family representative for the charity Missing People, who help with searches and support those left behind.

She wanted to take on the role to highlight the plight of the many left with a void in their life - the parents, the children, the sisters, the brothers, the uncles and the aunts of the missing.

The organisation are asking the Government to give families of missing people the same rights as victims of crime, access to legal and financial assistance and emotional support.

It hurts Patricia deeply to watch her little brother Gerry and his wife Kate grow emotionally and physically weaker because of the loss and endless searching for Madeleine.

Patricia said: "Gerry is the baby of the family. I feel very protective and it hurts me to see him looking so tired. They are both just exhausted. They have so much on their plate.

"They are overwhelmed by trying to be breadwinners, investigators and parents. That's why I support the Missing Rights campaign. People need all the help they can get."

Madeleine was snatched from the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007, as Gerry and Kate dined nearby.

For the McCanns, there was a desperate need for funds to pay for legal advice and a worldwide search.

Patricia said: "It is so hard to watch Kate and Gerry push themselves constantly. When Madeleine first went missing, family and friends had to step in to help them pay the mortgage.

"Money is constantly tight but they have to keep going. They will never give up looking and that costs money. Families of the missing still need to pay bills while they search but there is no right to any financial help."

After Madeleine disappeared, Patricia took on the role of babysitter for Kate and Gerry's twins, Sean and Amelie, now five, while their parents searched.

As a result, there is a close bond between Patricia and the children.

She bathes the twins when she visits the McCanns and chats to them about Madeleine and her memories of her.

Patricia said: "Kate listens sometimes. It is always nice for her to hear someone else's memories of Madeleine, something more of her little girl."

There are treasured photos of Madeleine as a toddler, with her aunt holding her in her arms. Patricia was Madeleine's godmother and there was a special bond between them.

When Patricia and her mum, Eileen, visited her son, Paul, who was studying medicine at Cambridge, she would pick Madeleine up from the nearby McCann family home and take her on a special day out.

Patricia said: "She would say to the twins they were too little to come and so it was just her. That made her feel grown-up. We would have lunch and feed ducks in the park. Not expensive things, just precious memories.

"There were times she had my mum and I in stitches. She was so sharp and funny."

And Patricia remembers vividly a holiday in Ireland with 46 extended family and friends, and playing rounders on the beach.

Patricia said: "Madeleine was a little daredevil. She was the only one who would go in the water. It was the Atlantic and it was freezing. She was a determined little thing."

Madeleine's grandparents suffer terribly. Eileen and Kate's parents, Susan and Brian Healy, fear they'll never see her again.

Patricia said: "My mum and Kate's parents have become very close. They understand each other and what they are going through.

"It is hard for them. They think about Madeleine all the time and have some terrible days. A friend of my mum's died recently. When she was sick, she told my mum she would send her a sign from heaven to let her know if Madeleine was there."

Eileen calls the twins her bonny lassie and bonny laddie, and carries one under each arm.

Patricia added: "They are crazy about their granny."

Christmas cards from the McCanns are still signed with the names of all three children.

And there are still Christmas presents in Madeleine's room ready for her to come home.

In the meantime, Kate is exhausted juggling family life with writing a book she hopes will help finance the continued search for her daughter.

It is expected to be in shops next April, to coincide with the fourth anniversary of her disappearance.

Patricia is a nurse and the hands-on carer in the family.

Perhaps that's why it is unusual for her to take on a task like this for Missing People. The lobbying and the campaigning have always been roles for Gerry and Kate.

But they are just too busy. Patricia spent a few days with them last week to give them a break before Christmas.

She said: "Gerry has changed. He is more serious and is always exhausted. It breaks my heart to see him like that.

"Kate has always been thin but they have just had the cold and she looks even thinner now.

"They are both drained emotionally, psychologically and physically.

"They are on a treadmill. They are trying to do their best for their wee daughter who is missing and they are trying to do their best for the wee twins in front of them.

"That's why organisations like Missing People are vital. I wish at the beginning we had used the kind of support they offer."

Patricia will never give up hope that Madeleine will be found.

She said: "There are cases of people being hidden and kept for years and those cases give you hope. You have to think like that.

"She could be alive. We just haven't found her."

There were over 40,000 incidents of people going missing in Scotland last year.

Missing People have caring, highly skilled staff and volunteers working around the clock all over the UK.

The role of Family Representative is the first of several planned new volunteer opportunities available in Scotland, and involves acting as a spokesperson to the media and local community.

See www.missingpeople.org.uk

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« Reply #337 on: December 25, 2010, 04:52:39 PM »

Archbishop reflects on suffering
(UKPA) – 11 hours ago

The Archbishop of York asked people to reflect on the "suffering in our world" as he delivered his Christmas sermon.

John Sentamu included the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann and the family of chef Claudia Lawrence during his speech at York Minster.

The victims of suicide bombings, the "downtrodden" of Zimbabwe, the armed forces and people affected by the economic downturn were all referred to in his sermon.

The Archbishop referred to Psalm 98 in which "the entire world of creation is summoned to sing, play and dance the new song to the Lord".

"This new song is a universal song, not the property of some exclusive part of our world. And since the entire world is invited to sing this new song, singers of this new song acknowledge the ever-adorable God," he said.

"All are summoned to praise and worship God 'in the beauty of holiness'.

"The Psalm proclaim
s that, from whatever we think of God, he is infinitely desirable, glorious and worthy of our adoration."

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« Reply #338 on: January 03, 2011, 11:19:57 AM »

McCanns' postpone launch of Maddie book to avoid clash with Royal weddingBy Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:53 AM on 3rd January 2011

 Kate and Gerry McCann have put back publication of their book about their daughter Madeleine's disappearance to avoid clashing with the royal wedding.
The couple's account of how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007 was due to hit the shops on April 28 2011, just before the fourth anniversary of her disappearance.
But publishers Transworld postponed the release date by a fortnight after it was announced that Prince William would marry Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey in London on April 29.
  Clash: Kate and Gerry McCann have moved the publication of their book about their missing daughter Madeleine from April 28 2011 so as not to clash with the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29

The book, which is being written by the McCanns themselves and is simply entitled 'Madeleine', will now be published on May 12, the missing child's eighth birthday.
All proceeds from sales of the book will go to the McCanns' official fund to look for Madeleine, which had been in danger of running out in 2011.
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McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: 'The publication date for "Madeleine" has now been moved on to May 12 2011 in the light of the royal wedding and the subsequent media coverage that will generate.
'Kate and Gerry are very happy with the new date, as are the publishers, and it will still be very much tied into the fourth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.'
 Anniversary: The book, which is being written by the McCanns themselves, was due out on the 4th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, but has now been moved to coincide with what would be her 8th birthday on May 12
Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007 as her parents dined with friends nearby.
Despite a massive police investigation and huge publicity worldwide, she has not been found.
The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance was formally shelved in July 2008, although private detectives employed by the McCanns have continued the search.
 




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« Reply #339 on: January 10, 2011, 03:08:59 PM »

very sorry for Madeleine and her family..hope that she is found...
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