The Madeleine Foundation was set up in January 2008 with the following aims:
a) to change the law in whatever way is needed in order to send out a clear message to all parents that leaving young children on their own is never acceptable, and to strive for the adoption of a new law with its key provisions ensuring that parents “Never leave young children on their own”
c) to investigate the facts behind the extent of British government involvement in this case and the reasons for it
If you visit our ‘Newsletter’ page and view our November 2009 newsletter to members, there you’ll see a record of some of the many things we accomplished in 2008 and 2009.
We called our organisation The Madeleine Foundation because, whatever really happened to Madeleine McCann, there can be no doubt that Madeleine suffered. We need to find out the whole truth about what really happened to her, so that we can learn the lessons from how she disappeared. We want the name Madeleine to be associated with improvements in the way we care for children. The McCanns admitted to leaving three young children all aged under four on their own six evenings in a row whilst they were out with friends, wining and dining. They say they were checking every half- an-hour. But even that’s not good enough; the N.S.P.C.C. for example say that young children should never be left on their own.
That’s why we call for a new law, which we’ve called ‘Madeleine’s Law’, to make it a criminal offence to leave children under 12 on their own without reasonable excuse. This is how we summarise Madeleine’s Law: NEVER LEAVE YOUNG CHILDREN ON THEIR OWN.
We have had to revise our activities, however, in the light of letters sent to our Secretary Tony Bennett, and to our former Chairman, by Carter-Ruck, libel lawyers for Dr Gerald and Dr Kate McCann, on 27 August 2009. These letters, from a firm who boast that they are ‘the most feared libel lawyers in the country’, required them to:
a) permanently suspend our previous website at www.madeleinefoundation.org
The fact is that the disappearance of Madeleine McCann remains a mystery. In our Constitution we are committed to “pursuing, in conjunction with others, the truth about Madeleine McCann’s disappearance on 3 May 2007”.
That we will continue to do, but in a way in which we do not allege that the McCanns are guilty of, or should be suspected of causing, the death of their daughter Madeleine.
On this site you’ll find articles about many aspects surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. You’ll also find details of our publications.
We invite anyone who has any knowledge that might help in any way to solve the mystery of why Madeleine McCann was reported missing on 3 May 2007 to contact us with their information. If you wish your information to be treated in strict confidence, it will be.
Please note that we are not connected in any way with the McCanns’ continuing efforts to raise funds to pursue their search for Madeleine.
Please note that this is the only website of the Madeleine Foundation. Our former website at www.madeleinefoundation.org is now under the control of other people wholly unconnected with us.
From the Committee of The Madeleine Foundation - 10 November 2009