Friday, 3 June 2011

Madeleine's Fund, Private Limited Company...

The other night, I was stunned to see someone tweet a reference to 'The McCann Charity' and actually attempt to argue his point.  It's hard to believe that people are still under the impression that the fund is a registered charity.  It isn't...  I think this point really should be laid to rest, it's so old it's growing a beard.

It all started after Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007.  With an apparent flood of donations, the decision was made to channel the money in a way that could benefit the McCanns and the search for Madeleine.  I believe that the money donated by the general public was intended to help find Madeleine... I know my donation was.

Plans were set in motion and a meeting with the Charity Commission was arranged to enquire if the fund could achieve charitable status.  After this meeting, it was widely reported in the British media that the fund was refused charitable status because the money raised did not "represent the good of all" and was not for "the wider public good".

The Charity Commission were compelled to issue a statement in response to these reports in the media, claiming they had been "misreported" and a spokeswoman was quoted in the Charity News Alert as saying...

"We were first approached for our advice about the possibility of a fund to assist the parents’ search on Monday 14 May.  We held discussions with the family’s lawyers and in the end they decided not to pursue that route."

So, not only were they not refused charitable status, it appears they actually decided not to take that route themselves.

And so on 15th May 2007, Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited was born.

Registered at Companies House, this is the McCanns' very own private limited company.  Not a charity, but a private company at which both Mr and Mrs McCann sit at the helm as directors, along with other family and friends.  All making decisions and regulating just what happens with all that dollar.

They say the majority of the fund money has and will be used on investigative work to help find Madeleine.  Additionally the money continues to be spent on the wider "Awareness Campaign".  What else has the fund money been used for?  It's difficult to tell from the not so transparent accounts as several pages were hidden.  What about the payments on the mortgage of the McCanns' family home, their extortionate legal fees for several failed court battles and the upcoming Portuguese libel trial amongst other things?

Unfortunately for the unsuspecting people aiming to help find Madeleine, all these additional costs can be justified by slotting them under the wide umbrella that is point 3 of the fund objectives.  Yes, even those M&S strawberries...

Back in 2007, as the public personally pushed cash donations into his pockets, Brian Kennedy, an uncle of Kate McCann was in no doubt that the fund money would be mainly for legal expenditure...

"Tell us about the Fighting Fund..."
"This is not an appeal, the family haven't made an appeal.  We've just set up a mechanism for people who said they wanted to do something and contribute, so that the money can be used for all sorts of reasons but probably mainly for legal expenditure."
17th May 2007

Unless they are prepared to delve a little deeper into this case, the gullible public can hardly be blamed for believing that they are donating to a charity.  Especially when they are being led by the British media which, to this day, regularly misprints news of charitable funds being donated to the Madeleine charity.  Absolutely misleading, if the media are prepared to print such lies, then they must be prepared to assume some of the responsibility for blatantly misleading the public.

When questioned about her book sales, Kate McCann said "Every penny will go on the search for Madeleine."  However, this was swiftly amended to "All royalties donated to Madeleine's fund" with the addition of a sticker to the front of the book.

To the unsuspecting naive eye, nothing has changed.  Unless you look again at the objectives of Madeleine's fund and the shrewdly disguised part 3 and realise that perhaps not every single penny will go on the search for Madeleine, but simply be added to the fund.  Which of course is 'to provide support, including financial assistance, to Madeleine's family.  And boy, is it a big family with what appears to be a lot of 'legal expenditure'.  Is Uncle Brian psychic?  Uncle Brian's Dreams (Limited)... now that has a certain ring to it...

The McCanns are legally doing nothing wrong in spending this money. However, the morality of it all comes into question when donations were made by children, pensioners and genuine people giving their last to help find their daughter.  All under the guise of the search for a missing child with misreporting in the media encouraging people to believe they are donating to a charity.  

Morally wrong, misreported with no attempt to make any amendments.

The fund is not a charity.  It never was and by the looks of things, it never will be.


  1. Thankyou for putting this so clearly.I will share your blog on FB in the hope that it saves people from giving anymore of their hard earned cash to this private company.

  2. they make me SICK

  3. If you take the word 'fund' add a couple of letters and take one away, you get 'fraud'.

  4. IVF does not come cheap, but little Maddie has not only given them her tuppence worth, they are living from her corpse and happy to do so, the whole damn family.

    I am reading their statements once more and STILL they cut me like a knife, shallow, cold, the ice in my icebox has more warmth.

    Kates book and her lies, three statements from Silvia Batista and at no time did she translate for Kate McCann the night May 3rd about sedation.

    Reading the arguido statement from McCann confirms this fact.

    When questioned if the twins woke while the apartment was being searched, he replies negatively. When they were taken to another apartment he does not know if they woke as he did not take them. When asked, he says that this was not normal, and can find no reason for it happening. He still thought at this moment that the twins might have been drugged by the possible abductor, even if he only mentioned this to the Police several days later.

  5. God help us. Leave the family alone. They're working hard, trying to find their daughter, and trying to be a normal family for their other children. You people should go and find some genuinely bad individuals on which to concentrate.

  6. Great article.

    You nailed it! Anon @ 17.16 why are you following this blog? Damage limitation? If so it's not worth the effort. The facts are the facts, the fund is a limited company. Just read the criteria for a charity then you will see why the rest of us don't buy into the mcs' reasons. It's a scam but who has put them up to this? A limited company set up is a few working days of Maddie's disappearance?

    It's becoming too obvious that there are some pawns being pushed around, let's hope SY make a we go again!


    From the archives, this has been a business from the word go and nothing to do with a missing child.


    May 24th 2007.

    Wristbands go on sale. May 24th and it seemed no one was fooled, but here we are four years on and the fraud continues!


    Some realised from the beginning and refused to hand over donations until the madeleine fund became a charity.

    I do not know if others find the same when checking their weekly stats on their blogs , the interest now from Canada and especially Ireland has trebled. The above article also from Ireland.

  10. Anon 17.16 "God help us." Who is us?
    And yes, we do concentrate on some genuinely bad individuals.

  11. pleasedontsueme7 June 2011 at 00:27

    I am increasingly suspicious that the Mccanns are actually malignant narcissists, a personality type I recognise as it is rampant in my family. For example, look at the twisted logic - the fund is to 'help find Madeleine' and yet they use it to sue anyone who does not blindly accept their version of events, despite all evidence to the contrary. In their logic, this is 'helping to find Madeleine' as we would not look for her if we thought the Mccanns knew what happened to her. A less twisted way of approaching it would be to answer all questions, take a lie-detector test and attend a reconstruction in Portugal to iron out all the contradictions and then people would not concentrate on their behaviour so much - that would be more logical. Then, they could use all that money that kind people have donated to ACTUALLY look for her. Twisted people can spin webs of words and concepts which can very effectively manipulate people into seeing things differently to how they really are but I am increasingly seeing through their sorcery. I wonder what really happened to that poor little girl.

  12. @ANONYMOUS 17.16 If you haven't read the official police files then please do before you support this family further,because there is no way anyone would continue to support them unless they were brainwashed or involved in the McCann's deceit.

  13. On the collection box it clearly says
    It does not say 'SEARCHING FUND"
    And yet the blind in all their naive gullibility cannot possibly give up their belief in this couple.
    I think for many the day Kate and Gerry stand on trial - many of their followers will be plunged into the deepest existential crisis imaginable.

    Steel Magnolia - That comment that Kate made about Kate giving her abductors her tuppenceworth. I googled slang for tuppenceworth and it was shocking.

  14. Sorry = Maddie giving them a tuppenceworth.


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