News on Madeleine McCann, the innocent missing child, has been thin on the ground. But today the Sun has some news:
Donations to the fund have dropped. Well, the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Grange is on the case. So. Why donate to private detectives who have in years of looking and earning come up with zilch? And The Met is having some success, as the Indy reports:Find Maddie fund dries up as donations shrink
The Sun adds:Operation Grange, which is believed to have cost in the region of £7.3 million, has uncovered a number of significant leads.
That sounds pretty generous.PUBLIC donations to a fund set up to find missing Madeleine McCann dwindled to just £21,000 in the last financial year, latest accounts reveal.
Money for Maddie used to be big. Remember the News of the World’s huge reward? Hey, remember the News of the World?The Find Madeleine campaign made £21,264 from fundraising in the 12 months to March 31, 2014. That figure compares to £70,250 the previous year and £306,393 the year before that.
It raked in £1.8million at its height shortly after Madeleine, three, vanished from a holiday home in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.
The £21,264 of donations last year were made up of £2,744 in wrist band and T-shirt sales, with the rest collected.
The Sun goes on:
So much for charity. No-one has to work for free.But administration costs such as accountancy fees and an audit swallowed up £21,005 of that cash.
That’s a lot of money. If that’s just sitting there, why give more?But papers filed with Companies House in London last week show the charity’s account still currently has a healthy total balance of £753,056.
Madeleine disappeared from her bed in the family’s apartment on May 3, 2007, while Kate and dad Gerry were eating at a nearby tapas restaurant.That is through unspent money brought forward from previous years and around £1million from mum Kate McCann’s 384-page best-seller Madeleine: Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her.
Or you could just call the police…A spokesman for the McCanns, who are from Rothley in Leicestershire, said: “Kate and Gerry and the board of directors remain extremely grateful to everybody who has helped in the search for Madeleine by donating to the fund.”
Just last month Kate and Gerry, both 46, said they had been “amazed” by the support they have received.
The organisation, which has six directors including Kate and Gerry, pays for a 24/7 helpline for tipsters to call.
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I believe they should remove the donate button (at least) until the investigation is finished as they are not actively searching as far as we know whilst SY are.
Ambassador for missing people imo would get many thanks from lots of families if any money still in the fund was donated to the charity and I think if a member of my family was missing I would be writing to ask for help from the fund - being as £10 million of taxpayers' money has been allocated for the search for poor little Maddie.
@PeterMac wrote:Anyone who donates now could be in for a massive payout, exemplary damages etc when it is all finally would up.
Could represent a very significant return on investment !
I like the thinking PeterMac, though looking at the remaining 'pot' they have after the Amaral case goes against them, i suspect any fraud payouts from their side will be met with a firm silence and a declaration of bankruptcy from both the McCanns and the company.
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What you pay expensive lawyers for. In advance !
Though of course if Fraud could be proven, that would make it criminal, and therefore a whole different set of laws would apply.
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Would they have paid out of their own pockets for this legal advice I wonder?
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Esther McVey (Conservative MP) WAS a 'director' of Madeleine's 'fund' when 2 (monthly) MORTGAGE REPAYMENTS for the McCann's were 'approved' by the 'board' she was a member of.
She 'disapproved' of 'legal' assistance (lawyers 'fees') but DID 'approve' mortgage 'repayments', TWICE, funded with help from handicapped kiddies 'donations' to Madeleine's Fund, a registered private ltd 'company'.
Just to add: Esther McVey is BEHIND in 'the polls' in her constituency 'seat'
Better send for PCC Pinky, for Brighton Pavilion, to 'bolster' and 'spin' her campaign, to stay on the Westminster 'gravy train'!
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