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The Captain Tom Foundation is being investigated by the Charity Commission over accounts

ByChad J. Johnson

Feb 10, 2022

Although a case has been started, it does not mean that wrongdoing has been found.

The Captain Tom Foundation is under investigation over concerns raised about its accounts.

The foundation was set up in May 2020 following the extraordinary fundraising achievement of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore during the first lockdown.

Hannah Ingram-Moore, Sir Tom’s daughter, co-founded the foundation, which is committed to supporting four charities chosen by the late captain and his family – the Royal British Legion, Mind, Helen & Douglas House and Willen Hospice.

However, the publication of the foundation’s accounts on Friday revealed some concerns about spending.

Accounts show more than £125,000 was spent on fundraising advisory fees between May 2020 and May 2021, around a tenth of all funds raised.

The government-run Charity Commission has been working with the organization since March last year after concerns were raised over the running of the foundation.

Following the publication of the charity’s accounts, the Charity Commission has confirmed that a case will examine the foundation’s regulatory compliance.

A spokesperson for the watchdog said: “We have been in constant contact with the administrators of the Captain Tom Foundation on its set-up and governance arrangements and as part of that work we will now assess accounts recently. submitted by the charity.”

The commission added that this does not mean that wrongdoing was found.

What did the accounts of the association show?

Hannah Ingram-Moore, daughter of Captain Sir Tom Moore and her husband Colin pay their respects by laying a wreath at the Burma Star Memorial (Getty)

Year-end accounts show the foundation received more than £1million in donations and used it to award four grants of £40,000 to each charity, totaling £160,000.

Of the total £400,000 spent, £230,000 was spent on miscellaneous administration and marketing costs.

Accounts show more than £125,000 was spent on fundraising advisory fees between May 2020 and May 2021, around a tenth of all funds raised.

A total of £162,336 was used for management fees, meaning more money was spent running the foundation than was given to charities.

Sir Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, who co-founded the foundation, also runs public relations firm Maytrix Group Limited and Club Nook Limited alongside her husband Colin.

According to the 2020-2021 audit, a total of £54,039 was paid to Maytrix and Club Nook for various costs including transport, website and third party advice.

Of these contributions, his daughter Maytrix’s company received £27,205 in consultancy fees.

What did Captain Tom Moore do?

Captain Tom Moore walked 100 laps of his garden for the NHS during the first lockdown, raising more than £32m (Getty)

Sir Captain Tom Moore has walked 100 laps of his garden in the hope of raising £1,000 by his 100th birthday on April 30.

By the time the campaign ended at the end of his birthday, he had raised an astonishing £32.79m (worth almost £39m with expected tax refunds ) to benefit the charity wing of the health service, NHS Charities Together.

On July 17, 2020, he was personally knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle. He died on February 2, 2021 after testing positive for coronavirus.

The foundation was set up as a result of Sir Tom’s own fundraising, but is not affiliated with NHS Charities Together.

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