Kate McCann has journeyed to Portugal to say prayers for
Madeleine ahead of Tuesday's anniversary
KATE McCANN has returned from another poignant solo trip to Portugal on
the eve of the
fourth anniversary of her daughter Madeleine's kidnap.
She made the journey partly to meet friends and
supporters but also to say prayers for Madeleine ahead of Tuesday's
For the past five months she has spent every
waking hour working on her book about the seemingly unsolvable crime in
the hope that readers worldwide will produce the vital clue which has so
far eluded detectives.
Two weeks ago she put the finishing touches to the
book, called simply Madeleine, and then flew to Portugal. The
42-year-old former GP has worried friends by her relentless work in
recent months and has lost weight, partly due to her fitness regime and
partly through having to recall all the painful details of the
A stalwart friend who has helped her deal with the
pressures has been Fiona Payne, who was with the family on their
Kate's husband Gerry, also 42, has been a constant
support, but in recent months has been taking more of a back seat in the
campaign to find out who snatched Madeleine from a holiday apartment in
Praia da Luz on the Algarve on May 3, 2007.
A source said: 'Gerry is immensely proud of the
way Kate has worked so hard for so long. He is exceptionally busy with
his job as a heart expert at a local hospital and as he is the sole
breadwinner it is vital he keeps his job. Kate has been going through
emotional hell as she pours out all the hurt and anger of the past four
years on page after page.
'Although she is softly spoken and quiet by nature
I think she has found a vehicle to express her anger and frustration at
all the things that went wrong in the investigation
'Only a small group of people have seen the book
and Gerry has told his friends that it is very much Kate's project and
that he is proud of the way she has knuckled down to the task.
'Kate has made several solo trips to Portugal this
year. There are legal meetings but her priority is to make sure her book
gets a fair hearing when it is published there in mid-May.
'Although it is possible the breakthrough may come
from a British person reading the book, it is far more likely that
someone in Portugal who picks up a copy may come forward with the
missing piece of the jigsaw.'
It is expected Kate will launch the book in London
on May 12, Madeleine's eighth birthday, and will again travel to
Portugal the following week. She and Gerry and their six-year-old twins
Sean and Amelie will mark Tuesday's anniversary quietly at their home in