Kate McCann to lay presents in Maddie's bedroom tomorrow in heartbreaking tribute to missing daughter on her 15th birthday

The brave mum, who says “hope and perseverance remain”, has been carefully choosing gifts to reflect the teen's age.

She will place them, along with cards and messages of support, in Maddie's pretty pink bedroom which remains unchanged since she vanished during a family holiday in Portugal 11 years ago.

Maddie’s great uncle Brian Kennedy said: “It would be lovely to have a celebration one day. We never lose hope.”

Kate, 50, previously said: “I do all the present buying. I think about what age she is and buy something that, whenever we find her, will still be appropriate so there’s a lot of thought goes into it.”

She referred to the birthday of her eldest child as a "difficult time because that’s when you really feel her absence.”




The ex GP and eminent heart doctor husband Gerry, 49, will also pray for their daughter's safe return during a low key family “party” at home, along with 13-year-old twins Sean and Amelie.

A family pal said: “They’re having a get together with a few friends and family to remember Madeleine on her birthday.

"It’s a poignant time for the family coming just days after the 11th anniversary but they remain hopeful and vow to never to give up the search.”

During the outdoor service in their home village of Rotheley, Leics, Kate read a poem called The Contradiction to remember Maddie with haunting words: “I trace your steps, I map your face. You’re all I know and so unknown. I cannot hold you, yet I do.”

Kate, who is now a part time medical worker, still spends precious moments each day in Maddie’s bedroom which she reveals has “shocking pink walls and stars on the ceiling” and where her dolls and teddies are on display, along with an ever growing number of presents.
She told the BBC: “Everything’s the same and there are photographs all around the house. Whether it be a birthday, family occasion or even an achievement that is when you really feel her absence.”

She also told in her mind’s eye how she jumps from seeing her eldest child as she was when she was kidnapped to envisaging her as she would be now.

Maddie was kidnapped after being left sleeping alone with her twin siblings at their holiday apartment in the Algarve’s Praia da Luz.

At the time her parents were dining with pals at a nearby resort tapas restaurant.

She was discovered missing from her bed in the rented flat by her horrified mum shortly after 10pm.

Detectives believe she was stolen by child traffickers, sex fiends or during a burglary gone wrong.

Scotland Yard are still chasing “a final line of inquiry” and have been given extra £154,000 funding to keep their Operation Grange investigation going until the end of September.



 

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