The Captain Tom Foundation is set to be closed down after the Charity Commission’s investigation into the organisation concludes, according to several media reports.
In June 2022, the regulator launched an inquiry into the foundation amid concerns of mismanagement and that Captain Tom Moore’s family may have profited from using his name.
Captain Moore became an international name during the early months of the Covid pandemic when he did 100 laps around his garden to raise money for the NHS before his 100th birthday in April 2020.
He eventually raised £38 million for NHS Charities Together, which works with a network of more than 230 NHS Charities across the UK to support the health service.
As a result of his fundraising efforts, Moore was knighted by the late Queen for his fundraising efforts outdoors at Windsor Castle.
He died in 2021 after contracting Covid following a family holiday to Barbados.
The Captain Tom Foundation was set up by his family to support “causes close to Captain Sir Tom’s heart” – including the Florence Nightingale Hospice in Buckinghamshire, the Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes and national organisation Mind.
Hannah Ingram-Moore, the younger of Capt Sir Tom’s two daughters, has been under the spotlight after financial statements revealed reimbursement costs of £16,097 paid to Club Nook Limited, a company set up by Ingram-Moore before the charity was set up.
Grants of £160,000 were given to four charities by the Foundation in its first year, but it had spent more than that total – £162,000 – in management costs in the same period.
According to the published accounts, covering the charity’s first year from 5 May 2020 to 31 May 2021, it paid out grants to four charities worth £40,000 each, but spent £209,433 on support costs – including the £162,336 on “management”.
In August 2023, a BBC investigation found that thousands of pounds was paid to Maytrix Group, a company owned by Ingram-Moore and her husband for appearances by her in connection with the Captain Tom Foundation charity. The foundation did not receive money for this.
“It’s not news to anybody that the foundation, it seems, is to be closed down following an investigation by the Charity Commission,” barrister Scott Stemp told the Independent, speaking on behalf of Ingram-Moore at an appeal hearing over the proposed demolition of her spa pool complex at her home.
Shafi Musaddique is a news editor at Alliance magazine.