Par­ents’ heart­break­ing Christ­mas mes­sage

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by JERRY LAW­TON

THE par­ents of miss­ing Madeleine McCann have told how they are strug­gling in the run-up to Christ­mas as they re­leased an im­pas­sioned plea to “help us get her home”.

MADELEINE McCann’s par­ents have re­vealed their tor­ment as they face a 13th Christ­mas with­out “hold­ing”, “hug­ging” and “kiss­ing” her.

In an emo­tional post on the of­fi­cial Face­book page of the cam­paign to find their miss­ing daugh­ter, Kate and Gerry re­vealed their fam­ily does not feel com­plete with­out her.

And the cou­ple also made a fresh heart-tugging plea to the world to: “Please help us get her home.”

The cou­ple’s mes­sage on the web­site is head­lined: “Rea­sons we miss Madeleine.” The

McCanns – who also have 15-year-old twins – cat­a­logue the pre­cious in­ter­ac­tions they have missed with their daugh­ter since she van­ished, aged three, on a fam­ily hol­i­day in Portugal in

May 2007.

“Hold­ing her, hug­ging her, kiss­ing the top of her head,’’ they say.

“Ly­ing next to her. Our com­plete fam­ily of five. Ev­ery­thing. We miss her.

“Please help us get her home.’’ The post on the Of­fi­cial Find Madeleine Cam­paign web­page has at­tracted thou­sands of mes­sages of sup­port from across the globe.

Many peo­ple ad­mit­ted they were moved to tears and sent emo­jis of prayers, kisses and bro­ken hearts.

Susan Reeves wrote: “Lovely words made me cry. Love and hugs from me.’’

Many wished the miss­ing young­ster – who would now be 16 – a “Merry Christ­mas”.

Madeleine van­ished from her fam­ily’s hol­i­day apart­ment in the Al­garve re­sort of Praia da Luz while her par­ents, now both 51, were in a nearby tapas bar.

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