Captain Tom Day ‘postponed’ following revelations about charity’s finances

A fundraising event billed “Captain Tom Day” has been postponed in the wake of disclosures about the finances of a charity set up in the name of the veteran, The Independent has been told.

Dame Esther Rantzen, who has been partnering with the Captain Tom Foundation, revealed the day had been planned for June but was on hold while the Charity Commission looked into the organisation. She also indicated she might cut ties with the charity if the watchdog’s findings were negative.

It comes after accounts disclosed that the foundation had paid tens of thousands of pounds to firms run by the late veteran’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, and son-in-law.

The Independent also reported how it had been told part of the watchdog’s compliance case – launched last March – related to a request from the foundation to appoint Ms Ingram-Moore as CEO on a six-figure salary, equating to about a tenth of its first-year income. It is understood that the Charity Commission blocked the appointment last year. The foundation said Ms Ingram-Moore “took the decision that the CEO role was not something she wished to pursue”, although she was appointed on an interim basis.

The Captain Tom Foundation was established in May 2020 after former army officer Captain Sir Tom Moore – who died in February last year – raised nearly £39m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden.

It announced Captain Tom Day last December, partnering with Dame Esther. A statement on the charity’s…

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