Captain Tom Foundation ‘to be closed down’

17 Oct 2023 News

Captain Tom Moore

The Captain Tom Foundation is to be closed down, according to media reports.

Multiple outlets have reported that barrister Scott Stemp has said that the foundation would close after the Charity Commission’s investigation into the organisation concludes.

Stemp is quoted by the Independent as saying the charity was “unlikely to exist” at an appeal hearing against a proposed demolition of a spa pool complex at Captain Tom’s daughter’s home.

“It’s not news to anybody that the foundation, it seems, is to be closed down following an investigation by the Charity Commission,” Stemp is quoted as saying.

Earlier this month, Hannah Ingram-Moore admitted to keeping £800,000 from three books the late army veteran had written, despite the prologue of one of them suggesting the money would go to charity, in a TalkTV interview.

In July, the charity announced it was closed to donations while the Commission’s investigation took place.

Accounts published last month show the charity’s income halved in the 18-month period to November 2022, with Ingram-Moore paid £63,800 to be interim CEO for that time.

The Commission opened its statutory inquiry into the charity last year due to concerns over the charity’s lack of independence from the family of the late Captain Tom and businesses connected to them.

A spokesperson for the regulator said its inquiry was ongoing and that it could not comment “but generally any decision of whether or not to wind up a charity would be one for trustees to make”. 

The charity has yet to respond to requests for comment.

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