Gerry and Kate McCann publish heartbreaking list of things they miss about Maddie

Kate McCann at a fundraiser for the Missing People charity this week
Kate McCann at a fundraiser for the Missing People charity this week

The McCann's published the list as part of a charity appeal for families of those who have missing loved ones.

An exhibition titled: Missing People’s Home for Christmas is taking place in London featuring 12 familes who are enduring the pain of a loved one disappearing.

Underneath a picture of the McCann's outside their family home a list of 23 reasons why they miss their daughter Madeleine are listed. It is a heart-breaking read.

  • Her smile
  • Her laughter
  • Her eyes
  • Her dimples
  • Her sense of humour
  • Her smartness
  • Her imitations of people and characters
  • Her voice, her ‘chat’
  • Her company
  • That knowing look
  • Her singing
  • Styling her hair
  • Chasing her round the garden
  • Sharing her excitement in the run-up to Christmas
  • Sharing anything
  • Spoiling her on her birthday
  • Shopping with her
  • Going to a cafe with her
  • Holding her, hugging her, kissing the top of her head
  • Lying next to her
  • Our complete family of five
  • Everything
  • We miss her

Madeleine McCann disappeared while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz in Portugal in 2007.

Last month it was announced that Scotland Yard was slashing the number of officers working on the case.

Four officers will continue working on the case, down from 29 at the height of the inquiry.

The Metropolitan Police stressed that the investigation has not reached a conclusion and "there are still focused lines of investigation to be pursued".