Lying in the Sun

Only Couple £Thousand

I see the Sun has been publishing stories about the McCann 'Find Madeleine Fund' (which is not a charity but a limited company ) re-producing old stuff (haven't had time as yet to read it properly) but in light of this I thought I would draw attention to a blog I wrote a short time ago - 'Only a £Couple Thousand'  written at the time these stories appeared in press about this Find Madeleine Fund in reference to monies being moved around.  I have re-produced it below.

Also I noted on the Go Fund me Site for Dr Goncalo Amaral there is a donation by someone claiming to be a journalist at the Sun.   The following is this persons message attached to the donation.

The Sun
7 hours ago
Gerry McCann always said it was never too late to do the right thing and to own up. He was right. All of my fellow journo's now need to man up for what we helped the McCann's do to this decent man. Sadly there is only today to show our remorse, but hopefully, if many of us donate on this last chance, we will be doing such a good thing, ensuring all of his fees are covered not just the appeal, but also having the safe knowledge anything we give will not be squandered on drinks and meals like the McCann's detectives did with public donations. We know any excess will truly go to children who need it. That in itself is a good enough reason for everyone to boost this fund now, knowing at least we may have caused a lot of harm, but we can do our penance by donating to real childrens charities at the same time. So come on boss and all the management, all of those people who got rich on this case while this man was homeless, do the right thing, donate to where it's most useful which is here.

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Only a £Couple of Thousand

'Even when there is only a couple of thousand pounds in the fund, it seems like a lot of money to me.'

Kate McCann
Woman Magazine
May 2011

The recent article in the Sun regarding the McCanns transferring personal funds (described as monies obtained through sales of Kate McCanns book 'Madeleine') has been causing quite a stir.  Not least because as far as the public were led to believe ALL monies earned from sales would be placed in the Fund. Naturally, they are now questioning if this did indeed happen at the time when there would have been the highest sales of the book back in 2011 (when it was launched ) and into 2012/13? 

The article in the Sun, it has to be said a little ambiguous with regards which time they are referring, and as to why they are referring to monies received from sales of the book as personal funds? 
Nevertheless, it could all be so very easily cleared up by the McCanns themselves, but I suspect that is not going to happen.  It all rather depends on the agenda behind the article and what part, if any, the McCanns have played in its production.   

We have all come to learn that most articles written about the McCanns have a pink tinge, a tinge named Clarence Mitchell, and often, are not what they first appear to be.  More often than not, they are used to deflect from some other more important issue which they don't want the public to be concentrating on.

That said, the above statement by Kate McCann as given to Woman Magazine back in May 2011 is of great interest.

In winter of 2010 the McCanns were appealing to the public for donations to the Madeleine Fund.    They said they had but £300,000 left in the Fund and this amount would allow them to search for the missing child for a further 6 months.  So, until around April/May 2011 they could cover the cost of any search.

By that time unless it received a huge cash injection it would dry up, and no one at all then would be looking for the missing child.

(That's what happens when a case is shelved, police stop looking.  Police always there on hand though should new information come to light.   And in this case, the McCanns could have prevented the shelving, had they at that time, together with their buddies, co-operated with police.  That is the situation with thousands of cases around the world, when information dries up, cases are shelved until new credible information comes in.   McCanns would spout this nonsense that no one was doing anything, no police force was looking for Madeleine to gain public sympathy - and your money!   They were not victims in this, this was simply the ploy used by them to pull at the heart strings of the public to persuade them to donate to their Fund)

But why in their appeals in the winter of 2010 did they fail to mention to the public that Kate would be launching her book in spring 2011, from which they of course expected to make a bundle of cash?

A clever move by McCanns, make their appeal to the public for donations FIRST before mentioning the book launch?  Raking it in before and after!

In the above interview Darshna Soni, asks McCanns: 

Darshna Soni:

And in terms of, you only have £350,000, how can long, do you worry that you can keep going on...on for, if you don't get more donations?

Gerry McCann:

Well, we're always, directors of the Fund, we're always, err...looking at that because, of ...the remit is for us to fulfill the objectives of the Fund and the fund is to try and find Madeleine and bring those, errr...responsible to justice so there's always an agenda item about, errm...finances, and we need to look at that. We've done other fund raisers in the past and we'll keep looking at that.  We've been very fortunate from the point of view of having so many of the public make donations and a large part of the money we've spent as you know, has come from libel damages which were paid into the Fund.  So we'll continue to explore it.  We certainly need to be looking at, errr...income generation over the next months.

Darshna Soni:

There must be a huge pressure on you knowing that you've always got to look for money, though?  Because, as you say, you know...

Gerry McCann:

"...Well, I mean, we'd love nothing more to find Madeleine.  And then we wouldn't have to worry about that..."


Darshna Soni asked McCanns outright of their plans to make more money.

McCann says, yeah they will have to look at that, that they have done fund raisers in the past but they are very fortunate as so many of the public make donations.

Not a mention of the BOOK!

If you look back at all of the headlines in the winter of 2010 - November - it was all about the MONEY!

McCann stated donations were secondary to the petition they had launched at that time, but not a single headline mentioned the petition!


I leave you with two questions:

  • Why would that be, that during these interviews where the McCanns were appealing to the public for cash, that not a mention was given of the book about to be launched, and particularly so when Darshna Soni spoke specifically about fund raising? 
  • At what point did this Fund ever ONLY HAVE A £COUPLE THOUSAND as Kate McCann stated?

Easy to see why some might consider the Madeleine Fund to be fishy?
8th April 2015

As always many thanks to McCannfiles - invaluable site!


And I seem to have had two blogs re this (sounding more McCannish every day...more than one version..!

Only a £Couple Thousand  

"Even when there is only a couple of thousand pounds in the fund, it seems like a lot of money to me."

Kate McCann
Woman Magazine
May 2011

The recent reports in the Sun regarding the McCanns, their Fund, the profits from Kate McCanns book, 'Madeleine' somewhat makes the above statement of greater interest.  Many have questioned this past week whether Kate McCann did in fact deposit ALL earnings from the sale of her book in the Madeleine Fund, which is where the public were led to believe would be the case when they purchased her book. The Sun story suggests something quite different.

Before the McCanns launched their promotional campaign re 'Madeleine' they were also asking the public to donate to their Fund, it was running dry they said.  They had also reshuffled the Board of Directors on their Fund, with Gerry McCanns brother John who had been on the Board since the early days, if not the earliest, no longer being part of.   And the McCanns not supplying any real reason as to why John was no longer part of the Board.

McCanns claimed during these campaigns that they had around £300,000 remaining in the Fund.

Quite simply:

When did the Madeleine Fund ever have ONLY a couple thousand pounds?

And it clearly doesn't seem like a lot of money to Kate McCann when they have for the past 8 years appealed for and accept donations for said Fund, and certainly a couple of thousand pounds cannot feel a lot to them, when £300,000 wasn't going to cut it!

It would serve the McCanns well to produce a full and detailed set of accounts for public consumption.   When you ask the public for money, it is only right morally so, to act with honesty, integrity and transparency, to produce full and detailed accounts and not produce only that which one is obliged to by law.

Only then, will those who donated be able to see exactly for what purpose the monies have been used, and only then will they be able to see at what point (s) this Fund had ONLY £couple thousand!  

I wouldn't advise holding your breath while waiting for them to do so, just as I wouldn't advise you hold your breath waiting for them to set the record straight as to the Sun article.

Money really does make them tick!

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