Gerry McCann thanks Tapas Seven for donating legal fees to Maddie fund
MISSING Maddie McCann's dad Gerry has thanked his Tapas Seven pals for donating their s375,000 libel damages to help find his daughter.
Heart surgeon Gerry said: "This money will be put to good use for the ongoing search for our beautiful little girl. Our friends were under no obligation to pay the damages into the fund. However they have from day one indicated that this was what they wanted.
"They have clearly demonstrated that finding Madeleine is of the utmost importance to them. Like us, they believe there is a very good chance Madeleine is alive and can be found."
Maddie, five, was snatched from her holiday apartment in Portugal last May while parents Gerry and Kate ate with pals at a nearby tapas restaurant.
The Tapas Seven receieved damages over false reports that some of them were suspects or helped cover up what happened that night.