16 August 2009
£3M MADDIE FUND EMPTY IN MONTHS
The £3million fund to find missing Madeleine McCann will run out out of money by the end of the year.
Cash flooded in from wellwishers around the world after the angelic youngster vanished in Portugal in May 2007 days before her fourth birthday.
But since then, £1million has been spent on private detectives, £123,000 on campaign managers, £100,000 on posters and ads and £110,000 on legal fees and expenses. And public donations to the Find Madeleine Fund - which peaked at £260 an hour - have almost dried up.
The shortfall was revealed as leaflets blaming parents Kate and Gerry over Maddie's disappearance were delivered to every address in the McCanns' home village of Rothley, Leics.
The furious couple have vowed to sue the sick pampleteers.
Meanwhile, 41-year-old doctors Gerry and Kate are meeting fundraising experts as they now have less than £250,000 to continue the worldwide hunt for Maddie.
A source close to the McCanns said: "It's a very worrying time. The money will run out by the end of the year and no one knows where the next lot will come from."
Kate and Gerry have vowed never to quit the hunt for their daughter, who vanished while on holiday with her parents and their two year-old twins Sean and Amelie in Praia da Luz.
Spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Their search will not stop when the money runs out."
Discussion at the 3 arguidos: PEOPLE: £3M FUND RUNNING OUT 16/08.09
A few comments:
"Firstly it says 3 million was raised and says nearly 1 and a half million has been spent, only 250, 000 left - still leaves a million or so, I think the subliminal message is - what have the McCanns done with it."
"Auntie Phil vowed the family would sell their houses, so that will be worth a few quid."
"With the help of my calculator and all the figures that we have in the op, I calculate that there is 1.417.000.00 not mentioned. So where is that?"