Ten years of pain: Madeleine McCann’s parents prepare for another Christmas Day without her

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Missing Madeleine McCann’s parents have spoken about how they will lay presents in her bedroom on Christmas morning for the tenth year.

Kate and Gerry McCann are still desperately hoping that she will one day return to open the gifts that they have placed in her room every year since she disappeared in Portugal.

The couple leave a stocking full of presents in Maddie’s room. Her room is exactly the same as it was when she went missing nearly a decade ago. The pretty pink room is still full of her photos and drawings as well as Christmas and birthday presents that they have bought for their daughter.

Pain and longing

Kate has already spoken about how much she misses sharing in Maddie’s excitement about Christmas and listening to her little girl singing carols. While the couple still celebrate Christmas for the sake of their twins, Kate said that yet another Christmas Day spent without her eldest child would be “tinged with pain and longing”.

Kate, who is a former GP, and Gerry, who works as a heart doctor, say they will try to make sure that Christmas is as happy as possible for Sean and Amelie, both 11. They have never given up hope that Maddie, who would not be 13, will be found alive.

Maddie is believed to have been snatched from a holiday apartment in Praia du Luz in Portugal. Her parents had been having tapas in a nearby restaurant, popping back every so often to check on the children. During one such check, Maddie was discovered to have vanished, and she has never been seen since.

They issued a plea to Maddie’s kidnapper, or to anyone with information. On their official Find Maddie website, the couple said: “We just hope they find the courage and compassion to let us know too.”

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