Captain Tom’s daughter ‘used hero veteran’s name to build spa and pool complex at home’

Accusations have been made against the family of Captain Tom Moore, asserting they exploited the veteran’s renown to secure approval for a spa and pool construction at their residence.

Hannah Ingram-Moore, the daughter of Captain Tom, and her spouse Colin disclosed to planning authorities that they were intending to construct a ‘Captain Tom Building’ as a home office in their Bedfordshire property.

The couple submitted the development application under their own names, but also invoked the name of the charity in their design and access statement.

In a statement, the trustees of the charity said, “The Captain Tom Foundation’s independent trustees were not informed about the planning applications submitted by Mr and Mrs Ingram-Moore in the name of the foundation. If they had been notified, the trustees would not have granted authorization.”

In August 2021, the couple declared they had an “urgent” need for a space to display memorabilia and hold presentations.

They were granted approval for an outbuilding, however, a post-factum application for the spa was denied in the previous year.

One local commented, “It seems as if they believed their goodwill granted them permission to do as they pleased.”

Captain Tom gained popularity after he walked 100 laps around his garden at 99 years old to fundraise for the NHS. His initial goal was to raise £1,000 before his 100th birthday, but he ended up amassing over £30 million.

The WWII veteran, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, died at the age of 100 after a brief fight with Covid and pneumonia.

His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her husband Colin founded The Captain Tom Foundation.

The Charity Commission launched an inquiry into the foundation last year after identifying concerns about its management and the family’s independence from the organization.

The commission expressed concerns about the disregard for intellectual property and trademark issues when the charity was created.

The funds raised by Captain Sir Tom were given to a different charity before the Foundation was established and are not under investigation.

The regulator denied permission in July 2021 for Ingram-Moore to be employed as the Foundation’s CEO with a £100,000 annual salary, stating it was unjustifiable. However, the following month, she was allowed a £85,000 salary for a maximum of nine months while a new CEO was sought, who has since been hired.

Charity Commission CEO, Helen Stephenson, previously stated, “Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired the nation. It is vital public trust in charity is protected.”

An early statement from the Ingram-Moores claimed, “Club Nook Ltd applied for the trademark before the foundation was created. Neither Hannah nor Colin were trustee directors at its inception.”

The inquiry does not involve the funds raised for the NHS and donated to NHS Charities Together.

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