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Pals rescue search for Maddie as funds dive

HOMEPAGE NEWS REPORTS INDEX MADELEINE FUND ACCOUNTS MARCH 2009 NEWS FEBRUARY 2010
Original Source: MIRROR: MONDAY 01 FEBRUARY 2010
By Tom Pettifor 1/02/2010
 
EXCLUSIVE: DONATIONS
 
 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.

About 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 10 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 March 31, 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 died the day she vanished aged three.

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."

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