Friday

Leicester Mercury: Proof of their determination (to stay out of jail?)

Some people were very quick to think the worst about how the fund set up to find missing Madeleine McCann would be used.

This newspaper's website was bombarded by ill-intentioned people who seemed to take pleasure in seeking to do down the efforts of Kate and Gerry McCann to find their daughter and to question their motives. (Nooooo. Really?)

The release of detailed accounts of the fund for the financial year ending last March 31 should give these malicious detractors pause for thought. (Erm, no it doesn't. It reinforces thoughts, actually, that they are thieving, lying bastards)

The fund was launched a fortnight after the little girl, then aged three, vanished from Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, on May 3, 2007. Readers of this newspaper were very quick to rally round in response to our armbands appeal – and the significant amount raised in that way is acknowledged in the accounts. But the most important details are those covering how much was spent and how the money was used. (You mean, like mortgage payments and £37k spent on a website?)

As we would expect, search fees, detectives' bills, legal costs and the actual running of the high-profile campaign make up the bulk of the £815,000 spent on trying to trace Madeleine. (And still no sign of Maddie, although Eddie and Keela have a good idea what happened to her.)

The McCanns always said that how the money was used would be made public for all to see and they have been true to their word.

Every penny has been properly accounted for and the fund has been independently audited. We hope this disclosure reassure any doubters – and help to encourage people to continue their support for this missing Leicestershire child. (Yeah, right)
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Source: Leicester Mercury
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