Family launches fund-raising appeal

Last update at 16.12 May 16

Relatives of Madeleine McCann have launched a fund in her name to help the family – and others who fall victim to similar situations. Backers included former England rugby union captain Martin Johnson.

The Leaving No Stone Unturned appeal, based on a website,, was kicked off at the Walker football stadium in Leicester today (Wednesday).

Madeleine’s aunt, Philomena McCann, said donations made to the fund would help pay for the parents Gerry and Kate to stay in Portugal while the search continues.

They would also help cover legal expenses, and anything left over would go towards helping trace other missing children both in Portugal and the UK.

“We’re just an ordinary family that needs help,” said Philomena McCann.