Just wanted you and your family to know I am thinking about you today. Can't believe it's been 9 years since your disappearance and we still don't know what happened to you. I hope you realise the efforts many good people have put into finding you, not least the Portuguese authorities, the UK authorities, the general public, and last but by no means least, your parents.
Now sadly that is where I will lose some people reading this letter Madeleine, because so many nasty people will now start shouting about your parents and the fact that they left you in the apartment. They will holler and shout about how it was their fault you were taken, all the while saying not a word about the abductor who took you from your room. I hate that you may see some of the terrible, dishonest things people have written about your parents and family, it would break your heart. Just a pity these people don't seem to realise how this will hurt your brother and sister in the future too. Not fair that they will have to suffer abuse, as well as your parents.
I'm sure you would be proud to know that your parents have done everything in their power to find you ( another reason some people find fault with your mum and dad ) Mad eh? Why would any parent with a missing child not do everything they could to find their child, only natural ? Apart from anything else it is your right to be found, to be considered a missing child and not a dead one, until proven otherwise. I'm sure you couldn't even comprehend that some would like your parents to forget about you, stop looking for you, and move on. I can't understand how anyone can think like that. It's sad, heartless, and totally lacking in any humanity or compassion. Be assured Madeleine they will not forget you, and neither will many others who hold you in their heart.
Did you know that your parents have done lots to help others in the same position as you? This is their way I'm sure, of trying to show you they are sorry they left you, and they are sorry Madeleine, despite what trolls might say on the internet. They have often stood alongside parents of other missing children to try to make improvements to the services for the missing, and to add their support. Families like this tend to stick together and hold one another up as they are all in the same boat. Click the pictures and you will see what I mean.
So many things have changed since you went missing, but some things have been positive in improving things for the missing. Most people of course wish you were found and back with your mum and dad, and anyone thinking anything else are not worth thinking about. Hope you know they fought hard to get the 116 000 Child Alert across Europe, and that we now have our own Child Rescue Alert here in the UK. Thankfully many have signed up and hopefully more will. Missing People along with the families of the missing, and several celebrities did a good job on that .
I don't think you would ever have imagined your mum and dad, along with their friends, running marathons, or cycling long distances to help raise money for good causes. Well they have, and joined with other families to help make Missing People what it is today, and I make no apology for mentioning it. Hard to believe some people would rather attack them for this rather than support them. Thankfully these people are in the minority in society and the majority have come up trumps in supporting them.
Could go on Madeleine but I think you get my drift. Safe to say your mum and dad are strong people and will not be cowed by the crueller elements of our society. A sad reflection of what we have become when the parents of missing children, (and your parents aren't the only ones), become a target for trolls and criminals.
Hope the trolls are not too annoyed about me posting pictures of your parents smiling Madeleine, that's not allowed in Troll World you know. Oh no, they have to live the rest of their lives without a smile on their faces. Can you imagine them expecting that from any other family in a similar position, I think not!
Going to sign off now because I could go on forever. Suffice to say I hope with all my heart that you are somewhere safe and not being hurt. If not, then your memory will live on in the hearts of good people and you will not have your voice stolen despite those who try. May you receive the justice you deserve.
Much love now and always
Poems courtesy of Deuce, a good Madeleine supporter of which there are many
What More Can You Do To Help Madeleine And Other Missing Children?
Back again after another year to remind people that Madeleine McCann is still missing and show the efforts that have been put in by many to help solve this sad disappearance over the past 12 months. Like Madeleine, other children are still missing too so this blog is dedicated to them also. I will include links to these other cases where possible, but please refer to individual websites which you will see in the side bar.
Today is Madeleine's 11th birthday. Sad that she is not here to enjoy it with her family and siblings but she will be very much in their thoughts, as she will be in the thoughts of many thousands around the world. Hoping as always that Madeleine will be reunited with her family before her next birthday comes around.
If you are unaware of Madeleine's case this is a recent summary :-
Madeleine's case was featured on BBC Crimewatch. Here are the updates and appeal from there
"I'm encouraged by the new information that has come to light as a direct result of the appeal in March. There has been a huge public desire to assist us with our investigation and I would like to thank those who have provided us with new information." Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood
An interview with Gerry and Kate McCann coming up to the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance this year
These series of interviews were also to the highlight the new initiative which is backed by the McCanns to help when a child is abducted or in serious danger.
If your child went missing wouldn’t you want the world to stop and look for them? A Child Rescue Alert is activated when a child is known to have been abducted or their life is believed to be at immediate risk. Every second counts and your support is vital.
Please support this initiative and sign up, it could save a child's life
Life for the McCanns is much the same as any other family who has a child or a family member missing. They feel as if they are Surfing Through Life and often feel they are not getting enough help with the solving of their family member's case.
The mother who wrote this article has a son missing from Isle of Wight. Damien Nettles disappeared from Cowes, IOW on 2 Nov 1996. She writes with heartbreaking eloquence about her son's disappearance and her feelings as the mother of a missing son. Even after all these years she writes daily about her loss, not great diatribes, just how her daily life is never quite what it should have been, always something missing.
"I felt desperate and distraught. I felt totally alone. Mystified. Extremely frightened. Panic. Sorrow. Deep primal sobbing from a place I never knew existed in my very core and soul. Distraught. Lost. Very Very Confused."
Ben Needham is another child who disappeared abroad. He went missing without trace on 24th July 1991, almost 23 years ago, from Kos in Greece. Like Damien above, time has not diminished his mothers need to know what happened to him, nor the hope that one day they may be reunited.
Much has been done over the years to keep awareness going in Ben's case and his mother has continually followed any steps she could to trace Ben. Here is one recent story that helped build a bit of hope and one which must have made Ben's mum Kerry's heart almost stop. Kerry has recently become a grandmother, which is lovely and I wish her a wonderful time with her new grandchild.
Some more Ben Links :
Read some other developments or lack of them in these sad cases
International Missing Children's Day 2014
International Missing Children's Day is on 25th of May 2014. Please if you have any social media accounts sign up to this initiative and get the word out about about the 116 000 missing children's hotline.
What More Can You Do To Help Madeleine And Other Missing Children
I'm sure it won't take me to tell you that the little girl (left) is Madeleine McCann, a child from Rothley, Leicester, UK, who went missing while on holiday with her family in Portugal on the 3rd of May, 2007. Madeleine has become one of the most widely recognised missing children in the world, but sadly that recognition has not yet helped to find her.
Today is Madeleine's 10th birthday so I along with many others, have decided to compose a blog to help keep awareness of her disappearance going. Hopefully sometime soon, someone somewhere will see this child and she can be reunited with her family.
You might well ask why keep going after all this time when nothing so far has turned up to say that Madeleine is alive? To that I would have to say well why not keep going as nothing has turned up to say she is not alive . Put yourself in the position of any parent of a missing child and imagine yourself giving up on your child; it just wouldn't happen would it, and why should it? Only this week 3 people who having been missing for 10 years have been found giving hope to other families with missing loved ones - read link below
Three US women missing for years rescued in Ohio
Although Madeleine went missing in Portugal it is possible that Madeleine could be anywhere in the world - Europe, USA, Russia... anywhere, therefore the need for a worldwide campaign.
Please consider putting up a poster of Madeleine in your car, school, club, anywhere that Madeleine's face can be seen and perhaps recognised. School staffrooms, doctor's surgeries, hospitals, health centres and churches are all good places to put up posters. Posters in different languages can be found HERE.
Just taking a photo of this posters code with your Smartphone could give you access to The FindMadeleine website at anytime, as long as you remember to install a QR Code reader App which is readily available free from the net, both for IPhone and Android Phones. You can also just scan the code and when it is read by your phone you will have quick access to the website, posters, info and numbers needed for reporting a possible sighting.
It is also possible to do this for posters in different languages as I have done here.
"Madeleine is a beautiful, bright, sunny and caring little girl. She is so special. Please, please, do not hurt her.
An interactive poster for Madeleine. Please share, and why not make your own for Madeleine and other missing children
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann has had a profound affect on me as a person, a mother and as a grandmother. No way could I accept that a child could be taken from the sanctuary of their own bedroom, no matter where it was, and separated from their loving family. This is just not on and should not happen just as other abductions, kidnappings and disappearances shouldn't happen.
This case has opened my eyes to the problem of the missing both in this country and around the world. So many children and adults separated from their families and so desperately needing found.
Please on this day, Madeleine's birthday, help us raise awareness for her case but please also try to look out for other cases of missing children/adults as you make your way through life. They have not been forgotten, they need awareness too and it is up to us to raise it or we will all be guilty of the apathy that can surround these cases so often.
Madeleine McCann's disappearance certainly opened my eyes to the problem of missing children as I'm sure it has with many others. The families of the missing are never at peace and are often Surfing Through Life
Often out of the blue families are faced with unexpected Memories which remind them of happy times spent with their children but at the same time show them what they are missing.
What More Can You Do To Help Madeleine And Other Missing Children
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As a participant in #blogging4madeleine I would like to say a big thank you to http://amummysview.com/ for inviting me to take part and for continuing to raise awareness of Madeleine's disappearance and that of other missing children. Thank you CJ