12 December 2011

A Chronological Record of Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited Company


The McCann couple on the day that should have been Madeleine's fourth birthday, just 9 days after the child's disappearance, after a mass for their daughter in Praia da Luz Church on May 12, 2007

Certificate of Incorporation of Private Limited Company - Madeleine's Fund: leaving no Stone unturned Limited, 15 May 2007

Terminating appointment as director or secretary - Bates Wells & Braithwaite as directors of the fund, signed by John McCann, 16 May 2007

Find Madeleine fund launched - The Sun, 16 May 2007 (article no longer exists online)
Extract:
«Ways to donate

OVER the counter in branches of NatWest and the Royal Bank of
Scotland.

By sending a cheque, made payable to ‘Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No
Stone Unturned’, to: Madeleine’s Fund, c/o The International Family Law
Group, 26 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7RS.

By internet bank transfer to “Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone
Unturned”, Sort Code 60 40 05, Account Number 32130058.
All donations will be processed free of charge.

Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Site, 19 May 2007 (cached at wayback machine)
The balance on the account current stands at £73,505.58.
This includes £50,000 donated by Portsmouth football club.
Funds taken over the counters of NatWest & RBS, along with the donations made by cheque, have not yet hit the account.
Further updates will be provided on Monday 21st May 2007

Text “MADDIE” to 60999 and £1 will be taken from your phone for the Madeleine Fund. (Standard network charges may apply)

Fund Details
The family of Madeleine McCann are to-day launching the Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned appeal. The funds will be used to help find Madeleine McCann, support her family and bring her abductors to justice. Any surplus funds will be used to help families and missing children in United Kingdom, Portugal and elsewhere in similar circumstances.

From this morning, Thursday May 17th:
members of the public will be able to make donations to 'Madeleine's Fund : Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited' over-the-counter in any branch of NatWest and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

From now:
Postal Donations can be made with cheques payable to 'Madeleine's Fund : Leaving No Stone Unturned'. Cheques should be posted to the following address:

‘Madeleine’s Fund’
c/o The International Family Law Group
26 Southampton Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 7RS

Internet donations can be made into the following account:
'Madeleine's Fund : Leaving No Stone Unturned'
Branch
Natwest
PO BOX 113
Cavell House
2A Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H ONN
Sort Code 60 40 05.
Account Number 32130058

Internet banking donations from abroad
IBAN : GB63 NWBK 6040 0532 1300 58
or
IBAN : GB63NWBK60400532130058
Sort Code : 60 – 40 – 05
Account number : 32130058
Iban bic : NWBKGB2L
All donations will be processed free of charge.

Funds will be paid to Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited: Company Registration Number - 6248215
3. The objects of the Foundation are:
3.1.1 To secure the safe return to her family of Madeleine McCann who was abducted in Praia da Luz, Portugal on Thursday 3rd May 2007;
3.1.2 To procure that Madeleine’s abduction is thoroughly investigated and that her abductors, as well as those who played or play any part in assisting them, are identified and brought to justice; and
3.1.3 To provide support, including financial assistance, to Madeleine’s family.
3.2 If the above objects are fulfilled then the objects of the Foundation shall be to pursue such purposes in similar cases arising in the United Kingdom, Portugal or elsewhere.

Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Site, 21 May 2007, £115,856.92 Paypal option to donate is introduced

Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Site, 1 June 2007, £581,813.01

Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Site, 8 June 2007, £713,927.81

 Gerry McCann, Kate McCann and Brian Ashton pose holding a Find Madeleine T-shirt during the England training session at Browns Sports Complex on July 4, 2007 in Vilamoura, Portugal

McCanns' pledge on fund - BBC East Midlands, 12 September 2007 (after the McCanns were constituted as arguidos i.e. official criminal suspects)

Kate and Gerry McCann have said that money raised to help find Madeleine will not be used to clear their names.

Gerry's Blogs (Days 121-181) Sep/Oct 2007
«Statement by the Board of Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited
12 September 2007
The Fund would like to thank everyone for their kindness, support and generosity.
Madeleine’s Fund was set up to:
Find Madeleine; Support the Family; and Bring the abductor or abductors to justice and subject to that to help other missing children. With the sudden dramatic and unexpected turn of events at the weekend the directors had to consider whether legal defence costs could be paid for by the Fund.
The Board has taken advice from Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP and Christopher McCall QC. The Board has been advised that payment of Gerry and Kate’s legal defence costs would be legally permissible subject to conditions about repayment in the event of a guilty conviction.

The directors of the Fund discussed this today. The two family directors, Brian Kennedy and John McCann withdrew from the meeting when the decision was made. Esther Mcvey chaired the meeting.

The Fund directors realise that there is not only a legal answer and recognise the spirit which underlies the generous donations to Madeleine’s Fund, which it is the directors’ responsibility to steer.

For this reason the Fund directors have decided not to pay for Gerry and Kate’s legal defence costs. We stress that Gerry and Kate have not asked for these costs to be paid. However, people have already called in offering their financial support. Any such fund to pay legal defence costs would have to be separately set up and administered.

At the heart of this campaign and Fund is a little girl confused, lonely and in need of her parents. This Fund’s money will be focused on finding that little girl and leaving no stone unturned.»

Esther McVey: Madeleine's fund won't be used for legal fees, 18 September 2007
Extract:
«Kate and Gerry, 39 - also parents of two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, both fiercely deny any involvement in the long-running mystery and believe they are being set up to cover up a bungled police inquiry.

This week, prospective MP Esther McVey, one of the six trustees of Madeleine's fund, met with lawyers to examine the legality of breaking into the £1m worth of public donations.

She said that the fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned was set up to find Madeleine, support the family, bring the abductor(s) to justice and subject to that, help other missing children.

But numerous angry postings from people who claim to have given donations have appeared on the internet asking if they are entitled to their money back if Madeleine's parents are prosecuted.

"Fund directors have decided not to pay for Kate and Gerry's legal defence costs," said Esther. "We stress that the family has not asked for these costs to be paid, however, people have already called in offering their financial support.

"Any such fund would have to be separately set up and administered." (....)»

Madeleine's Fund: leaving no Stone unturned Limited (Limited by guarantee) Report and Financial Statements for the period ended 31 March 2008

Madeleine's Fund: Leaving no Stone Unturned Limited Full Report, 23 January 2009

Madeleine's Fund: Leaving no Stone Unturned Limited (Limited by guarantee) Report and Financial Statements for the period ended 31 March 2009
The Chairman presents his statement for the year.
On 3rd May 2007, Madeleine McCann was abducted in Praia da Luz, Portugal. The events of that day touched the heart of many, in countries around the world. Donations started to flood in. In response to this, Madeleine's Fund was established.
The aims of the Fund are to help find Madeleine, to support her family and to bring her abductors to justice. Any surplus funds will be used to help families and missing children in similar circumstances in the United Kingdom, Portugal and elsewhere. The Fund has 7 directors. We have continued to concentrate on ensuring that Madeleine is not forgotten and that the search for her continues.

We have:
• provided finance for a team of investigators to lead a private search for Madeleine
• financed the translation of the full set of files released by the Portuguese police, enabling our team of investigators to follow up all potential leads
• paid for legal representation for Kate, Gerry, Sean and Amelie in Portugal, enabling them obtain an injunction banning Mr Amoral (sic) from repeating his fabricated claims about Madeleine's abduction
• funded an awareness-raising campaign to ensure that Madeleine is not forgotten, the key part of which is our website
• provided some administrative support to Madeleine's family in maintaining the impetus of the investigation

Last year [referred to the public apology made to Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry, by the Express Group following months of inaccurate speculation and accusations in the media. Other newspapers followed suit with accompanying donations to Madeleine's Fund. In addition, an apology was made to the friends of Gerry and Kate who were in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine's abduction. Rather than accepting libel damages, the friends requested that a donation was made to the fund. This has enabled us to continue our search for Madeleine. On behalf of the directors of Madeleine's Fund, I thank Kate, Gerry and their friends for continuing to forego any personal financial recompense to ensure that the search for Madeleine continues.

Following the end of the financial year we were delighted to hear that Madeleine's parents, brother and sister had been successful in obtaining an injunction banning sales of Mr Amoral's (sic) book and banning him from repeating his claims.
These fabrications had hindered the search for Madeleine and were a barrier to potentially valuable information being passed on to the police. Our team of investigators continue to diligently review police files, witness statements and follow up every potential lead in the search for Madeleine.

Although the majority of donation income for the year arose from family and friends donating libel damages, we have a number of loyal donors continuing their support. For this we are grateful. As expected, income in the new financial year is lower than last year and we continue to review all our expenses to ensure value for money. The directors regularly discuss the strategy for the Fund to ensure that finances are available to achieve our main objective, finding Madeleine.

The Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the search for Madeleine. The level of financial support, the amount of time given up and the numerous messages of support sent to Madeleine's family have been overwhelming. All messages of support sent to the Fund are passed to Gerry and Kate, and appreciated by them. We will continue to ensure that Madeleine is not forgotten and will leave no stone unturned in our search for her.

John McCann
Chairman

Annual Return - Details of Officers of the Company, 15 May 2009

Change of Director's Details Kate McCann, 1 October 2009

Change of Director's details Peter Hubner, 1 October 2009

Change of Director's details Brian Kennedy, 1 October 2009

Change of director's details Douglas Skehan, 1 October 2009

Change of director's details John McCann, 1 October 2009

Change of particulars for Corporate Secretary (BWB Secretarial Limited - Bates Wells & Braithwaite, London, UK), 1 October 2009

Madeleine's Fund Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited Full Report, 27 January 2010
Screenshot from Companycheck.co.uk

Madeleine's Fund: Leaving no Stone Unturned Limited (Limited by guarantee) Report and Financial Statements for the period ended 31 March 2010

Annual Return - Details of Officers of the Company 15 May 2010

John McCann Resignation from Madeleine's Fund: Leaving no Stone Unturned Limited, 23 July 2010

Douglas Skehan Resignation from Madeleine's Fund: Leaving no Stone Unturned Limited, 24 August 2010

Credit Report & Accounts - Madeleine's Fund: Leaving no Stone Unturned Limited, up to 3 December 2011


Recent screenshot advertising Kate McCann's book in audio format, paypal button and the online merchandising store, taken on 12 December 2011

*work in progress, contributions are welcomed, thanks to McCannFiles and GerryMcCann's Blogs for keeping all the material on the McCann case archived, thanks also to those that are helping this compilation.


17 comments:

  1. Note to self- check this list http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/021fc39a1d376d758b2f3b7604922eb2/wcprodorder?ft=1

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  2. Daily Mail proprietor felt 'concern' at Madeleine McCann coverage

    Viscount Rothermere says he is 'deeply sympathetic' to McCanns but that he stood by editor Paul Dacre

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/dec/12/daily-mail-madeleine-mccann-viscount-rothermere?newsfeed=true

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  3. Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM

    Special undercover investigation: Executives from Bell Pottinger reveal 'dark arts' they use to burnish reputations of countries accused of human rights violations

    One of Britain's largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the "dark arts" to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion. An undercover investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, published in The Independent today, has taped senior executives at Bell Pottinger:

    * Claiming they have used their access to Downing Street to get David Cameron to speak to the Chinese premier on behalf of one of their business clients within 24 hours of asking him to do so;

    * Boasting about Bell Pottinger's access to the Foreign Secretary William Hague, to Mr Cameron's chief of staff Ed Llewellyn and to Mr Cameron's old friend and closest No 10 adviser Steve Hilton;

    * Suggesting that the company could manipulate Google results to "drown" out negative coverage of human rights violations and child labour;

    * Revealing that Bell Pottinger has a team which "sorts" negative Wikipedia coverage of clients;

    * Saying it was possible to use MPs known to be critical of investigative programmes to attack their reporting for minor errors.

    Reporters from the Bureau posed as agents for the government of Uzbekistan – a brutal dictatorship responsible for killings, human rights violations and child labour – and representatives of its cotton industry in a bid to discover what promises British lobbying and public relations firms were prepared to make when pitching to clients, what techniques they use, and how much of their work is open to public scrutiny.

    In Uzbekistan, child labour is used in cotton fields to fulfil state quotas and the country also has a terrible human rights record: the think tank Freedom House put it on its 2011 list of the "Worst of the Worst" repressive regimes. (...) more here http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/caught-on-camera-top-lobbyists-boasting-how-they-influence-the-pm-6272760.html
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    The McCann's first Public Relations and Crisis Management specialist dispatched to Praia da Luz was Bell Pottinger's Alex Woolfall (http://www.chime.plc.uk/press-releases/alex-woolfall-heads-issues-crisis-practice-at-bell & http://www.mccannfiles.com/id65.html). Funny how the McCann's sordid connections keep popping-up.

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  4. Pilantras sustentados por idiotas.

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  5. Joana

    Please could you repeat the link in comment 1? It comes up with Companies House page but 'timed out'.

    Thank you.

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  6. Hi good morning, @5 go to http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/dc0bb2d101804d4e4e22c475652c4c86/wcframe?name=accessCompanyInfo or http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/, on that page copy and paste "Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited" where it says "Please search by Company Name OR by Company Number:» Company Name:", click on the number corresponding to the the company on the left side of the screen, on the new page click on "Order information on this company", a new page with all the documents & accounts of the fund that were published at Companies House will appear. As you can see I'm missing some of them, thus the note to self to remind me of buying the missing documentation to add to this compilation.

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  7. I also read that Bell Potinger set up blogs to drown out messages. How much must it cost to run them?

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  8. @7 you can read more on that here: Revealed: The Wikipedia pages changed by Bell Pottinger http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2011/12/07/revealed-the-wikipedia-pages-changed-by-bell-pottinger/ & http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/category/projects/lobbying-projects/

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  9. Hello Joana, how nice to see you posting again, we've missed you!(Quem é vivo sempre aparece, não é?)
    Hope that all is well with you and your family, all in good health.
    Thank you for this memory "refresher"!

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  10. job description for a lobbyist:

    Contacts and confers with members of legislature and other holders of public office to persuade them to support legislation favorable to client's interest: Studies proposed legislation to determine possible effect on interest of client, who may be person, specific group, or general public.

    or in plain English:

    You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours!

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  11. So happy to see you back!

    Portia

    Let's all support dr. Amaral now in days/weeks/months to come

    In fact, for the life of me, I cannot envisage a Portuguese court denying him Justice!!!!

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  12. If the girl had disappeared in Uk, her parents will be able to set a Fund and live under Fund expenses? Noooo!!!!

    They will have been stopped on the first attempt. This says it all. That Fund is another way, the UK had, deliberated or not, used to insult another country in the European community and all citizens who work hard and honestly to pay they day life and accomplish with their taxes.

    This pair, every time they pollute the screens of our TVs, they develop in any parent a sensation of acute nausea. their issue should be private. Only an affair between them and the official police in charged of the case. No public, no PMs.

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  13. If the girl had disappeared in Uk, her parents will be able to set a Fund and live under Fund expenses? Noooo!!!!

    They will have been stopped on the first attempt. This says it all. That Fund is another way, the UK had, deliberated or not, used to insult another country in the European community and all citizens who work hard and honestly to pay they day life and accomplish with their taxes.

    This pair, every time they pollute the screens of our TVs, they develop in any parent a sensation of acute nausea. their issue should be private. Only an affair between them and the official police in charged of the case. No public, no PMs.

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  14. It seems they control Amazon AND Facebook now!

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  15. Why a limited company? Were there any impediments to start a charity?

    A limited company sounded as if they were treating the "disappearance" of their daughter as a potential business?

    Was it to help pay for their mortgage? Was it to promote their version of events? Was it to search for Madeleine? Anyway, it is their fund and they can do what they like with it.

    What kind of people donates into a Limited company, anyway?

    People are blinded by celebrity, by anyone that keeps appearing in the media, don't they?

    The other day I was in a shopping centre in London observing the fans of some X-factor group I never heard of. What I saw made me feel embarrassed to be human. To see people react in such frenzied way. How gullible.

    One of the girls even threw her knickers at them! I wondered if she would do the same with Gerry :)


    They were all very young so they had an excuse.

    What really upsets me is that this celebrity couple seem to be using their fans generosity to pursue a vendetta against the man who led the investigation. Indeed against anyone that suggests they had anything to do with their daughters disappearance.

    Anyway, I make no allegations. Just a passing opinion of no consequence.

    Have a nice Christmas.

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  16. Those two took the Portuguese people and its decent Police force for fools , The Idiotic British Government and some foolish multi millionaires even donated to that scam of a fund . Look at the picture of the two jesters in yellow a few days after their daughter went missing , GRINNING, If one were to put a chimpanzee from whipsnade zoo to look at their picture on the day in question , I bet even the primate community would be able to see these two are guilty . I strongly feel if the UK Police force have any shame or credibility they should hand the case over to Interpol and the Portuguese Police and bring these two to face the music . LIFE SHOULD MEAN LIFE IN THEIR CASE . , and their accomplices and the people who aided and abetted these despicable pair should be charged and sentenced in Portugal . Since the UK is very concerned in other countries business and cant get the criminals in the UK to justice then let the Portuguese Police and Interpol do the Job as the MET POLICE are incapable . as the UK is too busy minding other peoples business and the UK press trying to make wrong to right .

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