A HUGE outpouring of love and support for Madeleine’s McCann’s parents has encouraged them to re-open the official campaign Facebook page which they had taken offline after being inundated with abuse from trolls.
As the page administrator switched it back on she vowed to “continue to turn the page off if we receive hateful posts”.
She was immediately flooded with overwhelmingly positive comments on behalf of Kate and Gerry, some of which made her cry.
A supporter JW Dale, echoing the sentiments of others, pleaded on the newly re-opened site: “Take no notice of the haters.
“Don’t let them hinder using this page to find Maddie.
“Just delete negative posts and move forward. Don’t let the haters win. They don’t count.”
Silvia Martin commanded: “This is a site where love for a little missing girl rules.”
She added: “The internet’s brilliant in so many ways but the downside is that is also gives the haters a golden opportunity to spread their hatefulness far and wide.
“So happy the police have been given extra funding to continue the search for Madeleine.”
Fiona Ryan posted: “I’m delighted to see you’re back, this is a support page and people trolling it, is well beyond disgusting and vile.
“Don’t let them break you, and just remember why we’re all here. Hope for Madeleine.”
A concerned Dennis Doherty even suggests Maddie’s parents are given a social media “policeman” to sift through any online bile.
He asks: “Has the family thought of a way of dealing with the disgusting stuff on social media.
“Maybe it’s time for them to have their own social media ‘policeman’ to review allegations people are spouting with a view to suing.”
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The Sun Online revealed earlier today how the distressed web chief of the Find Maddie site needed “to take a break” with trolls and false stories “taking a toll” on the search for the missing girl.
The unnamed mum, who launched the page six months after three-year-old Maddie vanished from a Portuguese holiday apartment in May 2007, said: “I have turned the page back on for now.”
Referring to herself simply as the ‘Webmaster’, she added: “I urged Gerry and Kate to have a page setup on Facebook.
“I post on their behalf and they trust me to run this page. I do this as an act of love for Kate and Gerry.
This is a site where love for a little missing girl rules
“Contrary to what some think, I am not paid and wouldn’t take any money even if it was offered.”
She said some posts “made me teary-eyed” and added: “Thank you for keeping the page positive and hopeful.”
Sheila Clews paid tribute to the page administrator, who has previously been subjected to a torrent of abuse from trolls, to being a stalwart for Maddie’s parents, saying: “Thank you for being that person for Kate and Gerry.
“I still continue to hope this little girl will be found some day.”
In a heartfelt posting Louise Hunt waded in: “I get so angry and upset at the amount of abuse Kate and Gerry get.
“Yes they made a huge mistake, but they are only human and they are paying for it for the rest of their lives.
“Why can’t people leave them the Hell alone now. It’s so cruel. I don’t know how they manage to get through it.”
Chrisitine Hewitt wrote: “I am heartened by the good and positive work you do.
“I am sickened and horrified if I ever see cruel or truly damaging comments.
“We think and pray for the family every day and thank you for re-opening the page.”
Sandra White chipped in: “I just don’t understand how cruel and heartless some people can be.
“As a parent myself I can only imagine the guilt and the heartache that Kate & Gerry must feel on a daily basis. They don’t need or deserve to be victimised on a daily basis.”
Linda Law added: “Well done! Maddie will be found please just continue to tell that to her family so they know they have our support, thoughts and prayers. We are with them every step of the way.”
Mhairi Harris agreed: “Thank you for keeping the page running, you do so much to keep Madeleine in everyone’s thoughts.”
Ignore the inhuman morons. Can’t understand how anyone would be so cruel
Leithia Bell piped up: “Why do people have to leave such nasty messages, yes I agree they (the children) shouldn’t have been left but surely Kate and Gerry are paying the price for that.
“Wish we could get closure on this and hopefully find Madeleine.”
Brenda Tarry posted: “I can’t begin to imagine how they continue daily life not knowing what happened to Maddie.
“My heart goes out to them and I would desperately love to see them reunited or at least find out what happened to her.”
Moira Trainor urges Maddie’s parents: “Ignore the inhuman morons. Can’t understand how anyone would be so cruel. I wouldn’t wish on anyone the horrors which Kate and Gerry go through every day.”
Ex GP Kate, 49, and heart doctor Gerry, 48, from Rothley, Leics, are bracing themselves for the agonising milestone 10th anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance in six weeks.
Maddie vanished from a holiday flat in the Algarve’s Praia da Luz after being left alone sleeping with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas bar with pals.
Kate and Gerry are clinging into a glimmer of hope she could still be found alive after nearly a decade. They have pledged never to stop looking for their daughter, who would now be aged 13, nearly 14.
Scotland Yard’s six-year hunt to find Maddie – at a near £13 million cost to the British taxpayer with an extra £85,000 just granted – has so far failed to unearth any new clues.
The decision to re-open the official campaign Facebook page comes after Kate and husband Gerry’s hasty decision 17 months ago to shut down an online Twitter account after being abused by “toxic” supporters, including some followers of tragic Ben Needham’s family.
It was revealed earlier this month that Madeleine McCann’s parents were hit by 150 vile tweets a day from online trolls.
They were earlier forced to hit back at a foul-mouthed Twitter rant by Marco Pierre White Junior, slamming his “unjustified” taunts.
Interest in Maddie’s case has increased in the past couple of months as the agonising 10th anniversary milestone of her disappearance nears.
The three-year-old had vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in May 2007 while her parents were dining nearby with pals.
The couple have since been forced to confront rumours around their daughter’s disappearance, with the couple vowing to fight “tooth and nail” if they are ever prosecuted over leaving their children alone.
Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007, when her family, from Leicestershire, were holidaying in the Algarve.
Parents Gerry and Kate left their three children – including toddler twins Sean and Amelie – sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a nearby tapas bar.
When Kate returned to check on the kids at around 10pm that evening she discovered Maddie was not in her bed and was missing.
But the search has been mired in controversy, with the parents of other missing children criticising the the money and attention heaped on the little girl.
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