July 2021: Family of Captain Sir Tom Moore intend to continue his …
When one veteran, Captain Tom Moore, walked 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday, to support the NHS during the first coronavirus lockdown, he gave us the sanguine injection everyone needed to get us through a dark time.
He raised around £38m for NHS Charities Together, then died in early 2021 with Covid-19, less than six months after being knighted, having garnered international attention.
Capitalising on the wholesome energy he left in his wake, his family set up a foundation to honour his work and use his "brand" to raise money and awareness for a range of causes close to his heart, from support of older people to loneliness and children’s mental health.
“We are excited by the future direction of the foundation and the opportunities that lie ahead of us, so that we can deliver real change and help to build a more hopeful world,” the charity said upon inception.
But what seemed wholesome enough soon turned sour when the foundation, led by his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore soon became very shady, and the subject of an investigation.
Below, we look at every issue and scandal the charity has faced.
Charity watchdog investigation
Since June 2022, the watchdog the Charity Commission (CC) has been investigating potential conflicts of interest between the charity and the Ingram-Moores' businesses.
This is because it first emerged that the foundation had spent more on management fees than it had released in charitable grants.
While the charity released a statement defending its actions and saying that they had incurred costs "as a newly established charity" and that "expenditure has been incurred in building the team, which for some months worked on a voluntary basis until funds were forthcoming", people raised eyebrows.
Especially when it later transpired that the foundation had paid out £54,039 to two charities, both owned by Captain Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore and her husband, The Independent reported.
It then emerged that the foundation had been blocked by the CC from making Captain Tom’s daughter the foundation's CEO. If appointed, she would have been salaried £150,000 a year, though she disputed these claims.
Captain Tom branded products also had to be removed from sale amid the investigation, over reports the breached charity law.
The investigation is ongoing and Ingram-Moore is no longer running the charity, but her husband Colin remains a trustee. Both of them are directors of the companies Maytrix Group and Club Nook.
In July 2023 was reported that Ingram-Moores' management consultancy firm took out Covid loans of at least £47,500 that the government earmarked for firms struggling during the pandemic, and claimed back tens of thousands from his foundation in expenses.
This was despite Maytrix Group reportedly making bumper profits during this year. In 2020, it saw profits rise to £227,532, which is over double 2019’s figure of £104,381, The Sun reports.
Also in July 2023, Ingram-Moore and her husband used the Captain Tom Foundation name on first plans to create a home spa in her building, with revised plans then turned down.
The plans included a spa pool, toilets and a kitchen, which the Design & Access and Heritage Statement said was "for private use".
The family defend their plans and hit back at critics.
An appeal hearing is due to be held on 17 October.
This brings us to yesterday, when the BBC alleged that Ingram-Moore, was paid thousands of pounds via her family company for appearances at award ceremonies in 2021 and 2022 when she was meant to be there to represent the charity.
The awards ceremony was the Virgin Media O2 Captain Tom Foundation Connector Awards, which included the name of the charity and the charity’s logo on its awards plaques. Her appearance fee was paid not to the Captain Tom Foundation but to Maytrix Group, a company owned by Ingram-Moore and her husband, Colin.
When asked about the issue by the BBC, she sent an email saying: "You are awful. It’s a total lie." Six minutes later she added: "Apologies. That reply was for a scammer who has been creating havoc", then gave no further statements.
Charity walk to watchdog investigation - who could have predicted such a butterfly effect?