Captain Tom Day celebrating the NHS fundraising hero is ‘postponed’ as watchdog probes charity’s accounts after it ‘tried to appoint his daughter as CEO on a £150,000 salary’
- Fundraiser named after Captain Tom Moore set up to celebrate older generation
- But one of event’s organisers said event being put on hold amid watchdog probe
- It follows claims the charity tried to pay Hannah Ingram-Moore a six-figure salary
Captain Tom Day has been postponed, according to reports, while a watchdog probes the charity’s accounts after it allegedly tried to appoint his daughter as chief executive on a six-figure salary.
The fundraiser named after Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised £39.3million for the NHS during the pandemic, was set up to celebrate the older generation and contribute to organisations who support them in June.
But Dame Esther Rantzen, one of the event’s organisers, said the war hero’s daughter is putting the day on hold amid inquiries from the Charity Commission.
It follows claims that the Captain Tom Foundation attempted to pay Hannah Ingram-Moore a salary in the region of £150,000 before the watchdog intervened.
The fundraiser named after Captain Sir Tom Moore (above), who raised £39.3million for the NHS during the pandemic, was set up to celebrate the older generation and contribute to organisations who support them in June
It follows claims that the Captain Tom Foundation attempted to pay Hannah Ingram-Moore, above, a salary in the region of £150,000 before a watchdog intervened
On whether she would want to be linked to the charity if the watchdog came across issues, Dame Esther also said: ‘I’ve got to protect my own reputation, absolutely’, reported The Independent.
A description for the event on the charity’s website reads: ‘This will be a day devoted to those who have given us so much, a day to inspire and empower people who have often felt dismissed.
‘This will be a day to remind us all of the positive impact gained by working together across generations, promoting a sense of pride and purpose to many who have felt they had been left behind.
‘You will be encouraged to fundraise, share stories and events, and to recognise projects and organisations who are supporting our ageing population. We will also be offering an award for innovation as part of the event.’
The latest comments come after the late war veteran’s family, the Ingram-Moores, were granted planning permission in 2021 for a new house in the grounds of their current home, The Sun reported.
It will include a kitchen, toilet and outside patio and will be 15x6m.
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family (pictured on the day the war veteran was knighted) are on their way to building an extension at their home set with a toilet, kitchen and patio that will ‘mostly’ be used for charity purposes
Planning documents claimed it will ‘be used in part for private use but mostly in connection with The Captain Tom Foundation’.
The Matrix Group, which has offices on the property already, made the planning application.
The new house ‘is funded entirely by family money’, Hannah Ingram-Moore said.
It is understood that the proposal to hand Ms Ingram-Moore the role as CEO was made by trustees, while the reported salary represented around ten per cent of the charity’s total first-year income from May 2020 to April 2021.
The charity said that during trustees’ talks with the regulator, Ms Ingram-Moore ‘took the decision that the CEO role was not something she wished to pursue’ as she wanted to focus on other commitments.
The Charity Commission said its ‘engagement’ with the charity’s trustees is ongoing.