Madeleine McCann’s parents reveal: The 22 things we miss the most

This is the ninth Christmas Kate and Gerry McCann will endure without knowing the whereabouts or the fate of their

This is the ninth Christmas Kate and Gerry McCann will endure without knowing the whereabouts or the fate of their beautiful little girl Madeleine who disappeared while the family was on holiday in Portugal in 2007.

Madeleine was three years old, asleep in a holiday apartment just 50 metres away from where her parents were eating dinner, in a room with her twin brother and sister, Amelie and Sean. When her mum popped in to check on the children, Madeleine was gone.

Her story has captivated the world and her disappearance remains a mystery. But Maddie is not the only missing person in the world. There are hundreds of families desperately missing someone who disappeared without a trace.

To highlight the plight of these families who are stuck in a limbo where grief and hope are equally painful, the McCanns have joined a campaign to raise awareness of the people who have disappeared without a trace, and the people who are waiting for them to come home.

The couple was photographed outside their home, standing on their front doorstep, waiting for Maddie to come home. It is part of a series of photographs of 11 other families suffering a similar fate for the UK support charity Missing People’s Home for Christmas exhibition.

They also listed the 22 things they miss most about the daughter they have not seen for nine years. She is pictured above at age three, and how she would look around age 9. She would be 12 now.

The 22 things we miss most about Maddie

  1. Her smile
  2. Her laughter
  3. Her eyes
  4. Her dimples
  5. Her sense of humour
  6. Her smartness
  7. Her imitations of people and characters
  8. Her voice, her ‘chat’
  9. Her company
  10. That knowing look
  11. Her singing
  12. Styling her hair
  13. Chasing her round the garden
  14. Sharing her excitement in the run up to Christmas
  15. Sharing anything
  16. Spoiling on her birthday
  17. Going to a cafe with her
  18. Holding her, hugging her, kissing the top of her head
  19. Lying next to her
  20. Our complete family of five
  21. Everything
  22. We miss her

Do you recall the case of Madeleine McCann. What message do you have for her family?

  1. Linda Carley

    I don’t think they need to try and raise awareness, parents are all deeply disturbed by these disappearances, it’s our worst nightmare.

  2. Joy Anne Bourke  

    Very Sad, someone know the whereabouts I wish that they find Madeleine.

  3. Anne Mckeon

    Sadly Both Madeline and William Tyrell an unknown quasntity.

  4. Hilda Maniapoto


  5. Elizabeth Granter

    Just terrible that poor child all these years and her poor family must be he’ll give her back God bless you Maddie xx

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