by Daily Mail Reporter
Kate McCann tonight said she was "trying to move forward" as a charity event was held to mark the 1,000th day since her daughter Madeleine went missing.
Mrs McCann and her husband Gerry were joined by celebrity supporters at the £150-a-head fundraising dinner, raffle and auction at Kensington Roof Gardens in west London.
Speaking on the steps of the venue she said: 'We are hoping for a positive night.'
Asked about her feelings on the sad anniversary, she added: 'It's obviously difficult but we are trying to move forward to help Madeleine and all missing children.'
Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in southern Portugal on May 3 2007 while her parents dined with friends nearby.
Comedian Jack Dee, television presenters Fiona Phillips and Gloria Hunniford and actor Peter Bowles were among the guests.
The couple will mark the sad anniversary by organising the launch of 1,000 glowing paper lanterns into the night sky in Leicestershire.
The McCanns said it sometimes felt wrong that they were coping with life without Madeleine - but added that otherwise there would be no search for the little girl.
In a poignant statement they said: 'Today marks 1,000 days since Madeleine was taken from us. It's hard to even say the number.
'We remember the first few days after Madeleine was taken, watching the clock and counting every hour. Now we've reached 1,000 days.
'It's difficult sometimes to understand how we've been able to keep going and survive without Madeleine, especially since nothing has changed since that terrifying first night.
'Madeleine is still missing. Sometimes it even feels wrong to be coping.
'And yet if we weren't, there would be no search and no campaign to find Madeleine and that just doesn't bear thinking about.'
in: Daily Mail, 27.01.2010, with more photos