Last updated 18.35 May 17, 2007
The family of missing Madeleine McCann has said there has been an overwhelming response to their campaign to find the four-year-old.
Michael Wright, a close relative of Madeleine’s parents Gerry and Kate, said a campaign website has had more than five million visitors. Speaking in Praia da Luz, Mr. Wright said: “Gerry and Kate are taking immense strength from the support and good wishes that they are receiving from all over the world. They have been totally overwhelmed by offers from individuals, small companies, and large multi-national corporations.
“Both of them are firmly fixed on the campaign which is designed to raise Madeleine’s profile right across Europe and ensure we bring her home.”
He said a fund launched with the website on Wednesday would pay for the campaign and to hire experts in publicity and detection. There has been speculation the family may hire private investigators to look for Madeleine, who vanished from her bed when her parents were at a nearby restaurant on May 3.