AS the search for abducted four-year-old Madeleine McCann enters its third week, a dedicated bank account has finally been set up here in Ireland to allow people to assist through donations.
Funds raised through the Madeleine McCann Appeal account at the AIB bank are to be used to help fund the ongoing search for Madeline, and to help defray the costs of legal representation for her distraught parents.
The establishment of the account has been undertaken by Donegal-based Katerina Fernandez, a close friend of the missing girl's family.
Madeleine and her parents stayed with Ms Fernandez on a recent holiday in Donegal. Ms Fernandez fondly recalled the Easter visit.
"It's very hard to take it all in. It's bad enough when it's a child you don't know. But she was here with her family. It was only a weekend, but I can still see everybody down at the beach playing rounders. I can still picture Madeleine there. It's devastating," she said.
Ms Fernandez set up the fundraising account at the AIB to maintain awareness of Madeleine's case in Ireland.
Madeline McCann Fund
AIB Account No: 07511020
Sort Code: 93-73-39