"Madeleine Fund Won't Pay For Legal Costs"
Madeleine McCann donations dramatically fell in just one year
Exclusive by Tom Pettifor 31/01/2010
Donations to the Find Madeleine McCann fund fell from almost £2million to £650,000 in just one year, it was revealed yesterday.
Only cash received in libel payouts to friends of Gerry and Kate McCann – dubbed the Tapas Seven – enabled the search for their daughter to go on, latest accounts show.
Around £260 an hour flooded into the Fund as a wave of public sympathy swept the UK after Maddie’s abduction in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in May, 2007,
It had £1.4million in bank donations alone in the first ten months of the search.
But contributions fell away after the McCanns became one-time suspects. And the Fund’s income dropped to £629,181 in the year up to 31 March 2009 – while spending rose from £815,113 to more than £1million.
Outgoings covered investigators, publicity and the pair’s legal fight against Portuguese policeman Goncalo Amaral.
Kate and Gerry, both 41, have been granted a temporary injunction on his book claiming Maddie, three, died the day she went missing.
The couple’s friends were paid £375,000 in October 2008 after false newspaper allegations about them.
In a foreword to the accounts lodged at Companies House, Fund chairman, Gerry’s brother John, said: “Rather than accepting libel damages, the friends requested a donation was made to the fund. This has enabled us to continue our search for Madeleine.”
in: Daily Mirror, 31.01.2010
Madeleine Fund Won't Pay For Legal Costs
7:11am UK, Thursday September 13, 2007
Money from the Find Madeleine campaign will not be used to fund Kate and Gerry McCann's legal costs, the trustees have announced.
They announced the decision after discussing the matter at a special meeting.
The McCanns had already said they would not use the cash - more than £1m - to pay any legal bills, even if the trust had let them.
But the trustees decided to meet anyway to consider whether the money could be used in principle.
Fund director Esther McVey said the decision had been taken despite legal advice that it would be legally permissible to use the money for a legal defence.
She said the trustees understood that as well as a "legal answer" there was a "spirit which underlies the generous donations to Madeleine's fund", which it was their responsibility to steer.
Ms McVey thanked contributors to the fund for their kindness, support and generosity, and then explained that the fund had been set up to find Madeleine, support the McCanns and bring the abductor to justice.
She stressed that the McCanns had not asked to use the money to pay for their legal costs, and went on to say that any future fund set up to pay such costs would have to be separately administered.
A family spokesman earlier confirmed the McCanns would not seek to use the money to pay their legal bills.
He spoke out shortly before the McCanns left their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, for a short trip to a nearby park.
Gerry McCann drove the family's turquoise Volkswagen people carrier while his wife sat in the middle seat in the back, in between their two-year-old twins.
The couple are facing mounting costs after being named suspects in relation to Madeleine's disappearance in Portugal on May 3.
They have appointed top lawyers in case they are charged by Portuguese police.
in: Sky News, 13.09.2007