Speaking during his first trip
back to Praia da Luz, where
Maddie went missing almost two
years ago, he said: "There's
still money in it.
"I can't give the exact figure
but we have spent and continue
to spend a lot of money with the
aim of trying to enhance the
chance of finding her.
"It won't dry up in the next few
months, but probably by the end
of the year at the rate we are
The fund, set up after Maddie
disappeared, raised more than
£2million from the public.
In January we reported how it
had dwindled to £600,000 after
donations dried up.
Accounts showed £250,000 was
spent on search fees, £111,000
on legal fees, and £123,573 for
management of the campaign.
Gerry, who returned to Portugal
to help with a Channel Four
reconstruction of his daughter's
disappearance on May 3, 2007,
was heckled by angry locals, who
blame the McCanns for a major
economic downturn in the seaside
He said: "That aspect was
everything I hoped could be
"I can totally understand that
people want to move on.
"They don't want the media
intrusion and the negative
association with Madeleine's
"For me, and this is going right
to 2007, I didn't feel any evil
around Praia da Luz or anywhere
else in Portugal.
"What happened there could have
happened anywhere in the world.
"Actually the amazing response
we had from the community was
incredibly important to us.
"I am sorry for any harm caused
to Praia da Luz. I specifically
want to thank the local
population for all their support
He added: "Kate and I have been
desperate to go back to Praia da
Luz but we haven't done so due
to the media exposure and the
controversy such a visit would
"We want to go back and meet the
people without it being
"There is nothing bad about the
resort. It is beautiful.
"In these difficult economic
times we don't want to worsen
"But I do hope people understand
why we are doing what we have
done. This is a key factor in an
Madeleine is still missing.
"We need to do everything
reasonable to get any
"The best thing for everyone is
that she is found and that
whoever took her is caught."
The father-of-three added: "We
are united in our search for
Madeleine and we are very strong
in our relationship."
Gerry said Madeleine's siblings
twins Sean and Amelie, now four,
know their sister is missing and
have been told someone took her.
He said: "The twins talk about
her every day. They are great.
They say things like 'When
Madeleine comes home...'
"When we are having bad days,
these comments drive you on.
"If Madeleine came through the
door, Sean and Amelie would
react like she went missing
"She is still a huge part of
their life and it's refreshing.
"They completely understand she
is missing and they understand
someone has taken her.
"There is not a lot more. We had
counselling on how to cope with
the twins, given to us by a
child psychologist who has dealt
with child abduction who said we
should fill in the gaps as they
"But, with us, the psychologist
said the problem you have is
that there is very little to
"The fact remains, she was there
one minute and gone the next.
"The apartment doesn't hold any
"It was just a couple of
thoughts really. It was about
re-enacting the events on the
night of her disappearance and
it was where I last saw
"But actually, I felt more
emotional at church last Sunday
with the support and seeing the
photograph of Madeleine with the
words 'Help Me' along with the
green and yellow ribbons around
it was more difficult to cope