In a whirlwind month, the fund set up by
a young single mother from Birmingham to
support former “Maddie cop” Gonçalo
Amaral in his appeal over record damages
awarded against him in a civil case
taken out by the parents of Madeleine
McCann has reached its £25,000 target.
A total of 1,555 people have raised the
money, giving multiple messages of
And in Portugal, the
Project Justiça Goncalo Amaral
blogsite has acknowledged the huge boost
to its ongoing efforts.
But the truth is that “quite a bit more
money is needed” Leanne Baulch, the
22-year-old behind the
gofundme appeal set up in UK told
“I think what is needed is around
£40,000,” she told us this morning,
against the background noise of her
toddler daughter yodelling “Hello!” into
the Skype microphone.
“I want to keep this going,” she
As we spoke, Leanne’s initial target had
already been surpassed by £375.
Meantime, the PJGA website in Portugal
has itemised all monies received so far
to help the former police inspector
finance his appeal against damages that
would see him forced to pay the McCanns
over €500,000 - money he has always
explained he does not have.
According to the PJGA’s latest posting,
the £25,000 raised by Leanne’s appeal
has been boosted by €5,643 raised via
PayPal along with a further $90 dollars.
The site affirms that all the money will
be going to “cover expenses related to
the defence of Gonçalo Amaral with
regard to the civil action presented by
the McCann family”, and it adds that a
new message will follow when an appeal
has been presented.
The saga centring on the McCann’s
distress over Amaral’s book
The Truth of
the Lie has been ongoing for almost
six years - with the couple maintaining
that Amaral’s theory that they faked
their daughter’s abduction caused them
“devastation, desperation, anxiety and