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How we keep going, by Madeleine’s parents

The McCanns have released to the press details of their daily routine.

Our day starts around 6.30am with us all waking up around the same time. We have breakfast with Sean and Amelie and close family/ friends who are here. Then it’s clean nappies and clothes for the twins followed by showers etc for the rest of us.

9.00-9.15 We take Sean and Amelie to Kids’ Club. They really enjoy it and run in. They know the staff well and the staff are all excellent. Both love the domestic corner and Amelie particularly likes to look after “babies”. We use the Kids’ Club a bit like nursery at home but we think Sean and Amelie still think they are on holiday!

9.30-12.15 We return to the apartments, usually for a series of meetings with our press officer, Mark Warner reps, occasionally Consulate staff, lawyers and British liaison officers. During this time we catch up with family and close friends, usually by telephone and discuss ideas about how to keep Madeleine’s profile high, especially throughout continental Europe.

12.30 Time to pick up Sean and Amelie from Kids’ Club then head back to the apartment for lunch, which has usually been prepared by one of our family/ friends group who have been tremendously supportive.

13.30-14.30 This is time to spend playing with the twins either in the apartment or in the play area next to Kids’ Club.

14.30-15.00 Usually we take the twins back to Kids’ Club although Sean has had the odd afternoon in the apartment as it’s a bit cooler and he’s not much of a sun worshipper! They have been taking part in many different activities including painting, singing, stories, swimming, trips to the beach and they have lots of toys to play with.

15.00-17.00 We try to get some time together alone, going for a walk to talk things over or getting some exercise. This is often the time for quiet trips to the church for prayers.

17.00-17.30 Meet kids for high tea with other mums and dads. They love pasta and have been doing really well with their vegetables although a few chips have been squeezed in.

17.30-18.30 Games with kids at play area. Amelie loves trying to get in the baby pool!

18.30-19.30 Bath and story time with the twins.

20.00 We put the kids to bed.

20.30-23.00 We try to sit down for a family meal, again usually cooked by one of the small group out here with us. Chat about the day’s events and plan the next day.

23.30 Bed and prayer that Madeleine will be returned to us safely ASAP. In addition to above we try to attend various church services, and make multiple phone calls to family and friends. We try to watch the main news morning and night but have had almost no time to read the newspapers or even look at the pictures.