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MADELEINE'S FUND: LEAVING NO STONE
UNTURNED LIMITED, REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR PERIOD ENDED 31 MARCH 2008
MADELEINE FUND ACCOUNTS FOR 2007 TO
2008 LINK TO GMB FUND
Where the £2m you gave to find Madeleine McCann has gone, 29 January
Where the £2m you gave to find Madeleine McCann has gone Daily Mail
By VANESSA ALLEN
Last updated at 12:23 AM on 29th January 2009
The fund set up to help find Madeleine McCann raised almost £2million in the first ten months after she vanished, it
was revealed yesterday.
The wave of shock and public sympathy that swept Britain after her suspected abduction led supporters to donate money
at a rate of almost £260 an hour.
Accounts lodged with Companies House show the fund received £1.4million in bank donations, another £391,000 over the
internet and £64,000 from the sale of T-shirts and wristbands.
In total, it received £1.85million in its first ten months and earned £33,424 in interest. It spent £815,113 on the search
for Madeleine in that time.
This included £26,000 to fund the purchase of merchandise and £250,000 on the fees for private investigators.
But the accounts – which have been made public for the first time – have been published with a warning that
donations had gone on to fall dramatically and were now 'significantly lower' than in the immediate aftermath of the three-year
old's disappearance in Portugal in 2007.
Support for her parents – Kate and Gerry – was rocked when Portuguese police named them as suspects, and
when it emerged they had used public donations to pay two £2,000 instalments on their mortgage.
Madeleine vanished from a holiday flat in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, while her parents ate dinner
at a nearby restaurant with friends.
The accounts provide a fascinating insight into the surge of support the family received, but also the costs of their
worldwide campaign to find their child.
The fund's biggest expense in the first ten months was £250,000 spent on private investigators hired to try to find her,
including the Spanish agency Metodo 3.
Agency boss Francisco Marco boasted he would find Madeleine within three months, but his 'leads' seemingly came to nothing
and the firm is no longer involved with the hunt.
The fund spent £123,573 on campaign management, which is believed to include the salary of the McCanns' temporary spokesman
Justine McGuinness and the fees of a PR agency.
A later spokesman, former BBC journalist Clarence Mitchell, had his salary paid by one of the couple's wealthy benefactors.
The fund spent £111,522 on legal fees and expenses and £81,904 on posters and television and newspaper adverts appealing
for information about Madeleine. Mr and Mrs McCann, both 40, set up the fund in May 2007.
Legal restrictions meant it could not be set up as a charity, so it is run as a not-for-profit company by a board made
up of McCann friends, colleagues and relatives.
Mr McCann's brother John is its chairman and wrote a foreword to the accounts. He said: 'As expected, the level of donations
has fallen over time, although we have a number of loyal donors continuing their support.'
He went on: 'However our expenses are ongoing and likely to increase . . . The release of the police investigation files
has enabled our investigative team to access a wealth of new information to be followed up, resulting in increased search
and investigation activity.
'We will continue to ensure that Madeleine is not forgotten and will leave no stone unturned in our continued search
The accounts cover the months from May 2007 to March 2008, when the fund had £1.05million remaining in its coffers.
It has since been boosted by several libel payouts to the McCanns and their friends, the so-called Tapas Seven, which
they donated to the fund.
The McCanns were cleared as suspects last August.
Their spokesman Mr Mitchell said: 'People will be able to see that every penny of the money they so generously donated
has been spent properly in the hunt to find Madeleine.'
Madeleine McCann fund raised £2 million in first 10 months Telegraph
The fund created to help find Madeleine McCann raised nearly £2 million in the first 10 months after she disappeared,
it has emerged.
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
Last Updated: 9:37AM GMT 29 Jan 2009
Celebrities including JK Rowling and Sir Richard Branson, as well as tens of thousands of sympathisers worldwide, donated
money after the three-year-old vanished on a family holiday in the Algarve in May 2007.
Kate and Gerry McCann used some of the money to launch a global campaign to highlight their missing daughter and visited
Italy, Germany, Holland, Morocco and America in their bid to find her.
They also spent at least £250,000 on private detectives, including the Spanish agency Metodo 3.
The Find Madeleine Fund was set up as a non-charitable not-for-profit company in the weeks after Madeleine's disappearance.
Accounts registered at Companies House show that between May 2007 and March 2008, £1.4 million was received in bank donations,
£390,000 was given via the internet and the sales of t-shirts and wristbands raised £64,000, according to the Daily Mail.
Much of the money was spent on posters and advertising, legal fees and management of the campaign to find Madeleine.
Donations fell away after the couple were made suspects in their's daughter disappearance in September 2007. It took
until last summer for the McCanns to clear their name.
11:01am UK, Thursday January 29, 2009
The search for Madeleine McCann cost more than £815,000 - including Spanish private detective fees - out of £2m raised
by well-wishers, it has emerged.
New official figures show the vast sums of money raised by the public and how it was spent on trying to find the young
girl during the 10 months after she went missing.
More than £815,000 went towards the search between her disappearance in May 2007 and March last year.
This included £250,000 for search fees, including Spanish private detectives Metodo 3, £111,522 for legal costs and £123,573
for campaign management, accounts filed to Companies House show.
Madeleine's Fund was launched a fortnight after the child vanished from Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, on May 3, 2007.
Money flooded in from supporters around the world who wanted to do something to help her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.
Donations in the period to March 31 last year totalled £1,846,178, including £64,078 from sales of T-shirts and wrist
Mr McCann's brother John, who is one of the fund's directors, said contributions had since dropped off.
For legal reasons, Madeleine's Fund was set up as a not-for-profit limited company rather than a charity.
Its objectives are to secure Madeleine's safe return, to ensure that anyone involved in her disappearance is brought
to justice, and to provide support to her family.
There was controversy when it was disclosed in October 2007 that the McCanns had used money from the fund to pay two
mortgage payments on their home in Rothley, Leicestershire.
McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "The accounts have been independently audited and are entirely transparent."
His salary was previously paid by the McCanns' millionaire benefactor, Cheshire-based entrepreneur Brian Kennedy.
But it is understood that he has been receiving a monthly retainer from the Madeleine Fund since September last year.
Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family's holiday apartment while her parents dined with friends
nearby. She has not been found.
Press Association, Thursday January 29 2009
The official fund set up to help find Madeleine McCann now stands at £600,000 after an initial surge of donations dried
Nearly £2 million was raised in the first 10 months after the little girl went missing in May 2007, according to accounts
filed to Companies House.
Over this period more than £815,000 from the fund was spent on efforts to trace Madeleine, who was nearly four when she
went missing from her family's holiday apartment in the Algarve region of Portugal while her parents dined with friends nearby.
The expenditure included £250,000 for search fees, including the bill for Spanish private detectives Metodo 3, £111,522
for legal costs and £123,573 for campaign management. There was also £37,071 for the McCanns' official website, £81,904 for
adverts and a total of £141,747 for administrative expenses.
Madeleine's Fund was launched a fortnight after the child vanished from Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, on May 3 2007.
Donations flooded in from supporters around the world who wanted to do something to help her parents, Kate and Gerry
McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, who are now both 40.
The fund's income in the period to March 31 last year totalled £1,846,178, including bank interest of £33,424 and £64,078
from sales of T-shirts and wristbands, the accounts showed.
This total includes a £550,000 libel award from Express Newspapers made in March last year, but not several later sums
in damages paid to the McCanns and their friends by media groups.
Mr McCann's brother John, who is one of the fund's directors, said contributions had dropped off. He wrote in a foreword
to the accounts, dated November 12 last year: "As expected, the level of donations has fallen over time, although we have
a number of loyal donors continuing their support.
"Income in the new financial year is currently significantly lower than at the same time last year. However, our expenses
are ongoing and likely to increase."
By Gary Nicks
30th January 2009
Private eyes, PR executives and lawyers earned tens of thousands of pounds from the Madeleine McCann fund, accounts revealed
Almost £2million poured in from the public after Maddie vanished in May 2007 on holiday in Portugal.
The nation was quick to help distraught parents Gerry and Kate McCann, both 40, with donations flooding in from around
the world at the rate of £260 every hour.
Accounts filed at Companies House show the fund – set up two weeks after Maddie disappeared – raised over
£1.89m in the first 10 months.
And they reveal how huge chunks were spent on private detectives, PR, legal firms and even bankers.
Money was raised through selling Maddie T-shirts and wristbands and through internet appeals, but most came from direct
donations via banks.
The flow of cash suffered a dip when the McCanns were named as suspects, only to be later cleared by bungling Portuguese
The fund currently stands at around £600,000 as the couple continue to fork out in their relentless bid to find Maddie.
Rules meant they had to set up a not-for-profit company – Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited –
and not a charity.
The biggest cost involved was Spanish agency Metodo 3, whose private detectives vowed to find her abductors, but they
Their hunt took them to places like Morocco where they were convinced Maddie was being held.
Legal fees and costs administering the fund also swallowed up thousands.
There was controversy when it was disclosed in October 2007 that the McCanns had used money from the fund to pay two
mortgage payments on their home in Rothley, Leicestershire.
Gerry’s brother John, 48, is the chairman of the fund and he stated in the accounts: "On 3rd May 2007, Madeleine
McCann was abducted in Praia da Luz, Portugal. The events of that day touched the hearts 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 UK, Portugal and
He said the fund had helped boost an awareness campaign and "provided some support to Madeleine's parents, brother and
sister in maintaining the impetus of the investigation".
He added: "As expected, the level of donations has fallen over time, although we have a number of loyal donors who still
"The subsequent release of the police investigation files has enabled our investigative team to access a wealth of new
information to be followed up, resulting in increased search and investigation activity. We will continue to ensure that Madeleine
is not forgotten and will leave no stone unturned in our continued search for her."
The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "The accounts have been independently audited and are entirely transparent."
Where is the McCann's Money? tvmais
(appears in paper edition only)
by Hernāni Carvalho
04 February 2009
The McCann accounts continue to be a mystery, but so does the Madeleine Fund. Of the money
received, only 13.3 % was spent on the investigation and searches for Madeleine.
A document to which tvmais had access reveals that, up to the 31st of March 2008,
the Find Madeleine Fund received 2,819,403.00 Euros. Of this amount only 13.3% [375,000 Euros] was spent on searches and investigations
(including private detectives). The Find Madeleine Fund was created [15 May 2007] with the objective of helping to find (by
sponsoring the searches) the 'kidnapped' girl and to deliver the abductors to justice. In the case of being proved that Madeleine
was dead, the money would no longer be accessible to the McCanns.
The donations arrived to the Fund in various ways: 2,085,540.00 Euros were donations received in the bank; 587,610.00
was received via the internet and 96,117.00 Euros was the profit made through the online shop. This amount is increased
by the interest rate of 50,136.00 Euros, which makes a total sum of 2,819,403.00 Euros.
In making an analysis of the
accounts presented by the fund, relative to the 31st of March 2008 (see box), we soon we realise that in the area of publicising
[the posters which never appeared] and searches (of Madeleine) only 17.66% was spent of the money received. That is less than
The profits of the online Shop were 96,117.00 Euros; however the shop itself costed 167,283.00
Euros in legal expenditures.
The fund has seven directors, but only two remain since the beginning.
of the fund accounts to which tvmais had access is registered at the Companies
House with the code number X5NBF0CR.
The Portuguese Authorities
requested Information from the British
one can know what money the McCanns had with them on the day that their daughter disappeared in Praia da Luz, Algarve. What
is known is that the PJ never had access to the bank accounts belonging to Gerry or Kate McCann. Twice the Portuguese authorities
requested information from the British authorities concerning the bank accounts of the group who had dinner with Madeleine's
parents on the night of the disappearance of the girl.
The objective was to know who, exactly, those nine people
were (seven plus the McCann couple) on that date (3rd May 2007). The information (bank account and credit cards) about the
seven Tapas friends arrived [though not complete, as you can read here], yet regarding Kate and Gerry McCann the British authorities
never gave any information - even affirming that there was no record of credit cards or loans for the couple.
to today, no one knows [at least the Portuguese Authorities don't know] which accounts the McCanns had between the 25th
of April 2007 and the 12 September 2008. In January of this year the British authorities failed to give information regarding
the McCanns' money arguing that there is "an ongoing investigation".
This strange situation is at odds with the fact that the Madeleine process was archived in July 2008.
Only 13% of the money was spent looking for Maddie 24horas
McCann couple present the accounts of the campaign for their daughter
Text: Duarte Levy (in London)
09 February 2009
Thanks to Astro for translation
Madeleine's Fund has received almost 3 million euros from private donors, but the accounting fails to explain where
all the money has gone to
The Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited fund, which was created by Kate and Gerry McCann nine days after Madeleine disappeared
from the apartment in Praia da Luz, received, until March 2008, almost three million euros in donations, but only 13.3 percent
of the money has been spent on the investigations that, according to the couple, are searching for their daughter. The
Madeleine Fund's accounts from May 2007 until March 2008 were only revealed after some aspects of the way in which the money
was used, by the McCanns, were discussed during the TVI talk show "As Tardes da Jślia". According to the official document
that we had access to, the fund that was created to finance the searches for Madeleine received a total amount of 2,819,403
euros until March 2008, of which only 1,222,669 euros (43.37%) was spent, mostly on current expenses. The fund then presented
a positive balance of 1,596,733 euros (56.63%).
Curiously, the McCanns spent 122,856 euros (4.36%) on posters and adverts, but the document fails to specify exactly
where these items were distributed, which leaves some commentators perplexed, given the fact that several poster-distribution
and outdoor campaigns for Portugal and Spain, that were announced by the British media, never materialised, and even in Morocco,
the country where the investigators that were hired by the McCanns believed that Maddie was located, the few posters that
were distributed were those that Kate and Gerry brought when they visited, and handed over to the children that had been assembled
for the occasion. Another curious piece of data is the fact that the accounts do not show the amounts that the couple used
to pay the two instalments of the mortgage on their house, which were paid with money from the donations, according to confirmation
given to the media by Clarence Mitchell, a former head of Tony Blair's government's media monitoring unit and the McCanns'
All in all, the couple spent 224,529 euros (7.96%) on public relations and media monitoring, expenses that are not supposed
to include – if we take his own statements into account – Clarence Mitchell's salaries, but reveal a constant
preoccupation with what is being said in the media, and not forgetting about the internet where the couple's lawyers have
been threatening some of those who don't believe in the theory of Maddie's abduction. Since May 2007, the internet has actually
been a constant preoccupation for the McCanns, which might eventually explain the amount that was spent on the creation and
maintenance of the internet pages for the Fund and for the virtual store, where t-shirts, wristbands and other objects related
to the little girl can be bought: according to the expenses that have now been declared, the site cost 55,606 euros (1.97%)
over eleven months of activity.
Rich, very rich…
As long as Madeleine's body is not found, 'Madeleine' Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited' has its future guaranteed,
as its purpose is to continue the search for Madeleine, and has a financial health that many enterprises, especially during
a crisis, would envy: after 11 months of operation, the fund presents a positive balance of 1,596,733 euros, which equals
56.63% of the income.
SUPPORT. The millionaire Brian Kennedy has been one of the McCann couples major supporters and even offered a reward
for anyone who could find the girl.
ALMOST 2 YEARS. Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment of the Ocean Club tourist resort, in Praia da Luz, Lagos
(Algarve) on the 3rd of May 2007.