CAPTAIN Tom’s charity released a statement today after his daughter was accused of applying for a pool complex to be built on the hero’s behalf.
This comes after The Sun exclusively revealed last night that Hannah Ingram-Moore is said to have used the lockdown fundraiser’s name to remodel her £1.2million home.
The 52-year-old and his husband Colin told planners they wanted to set up an office for the charity in their £1.2million home on behalf of their father – and then built a 50ft by 20ft pool house with changing rooms , toilets and showers.
They had applied for planning permission in their own name – but used the foundation’s name in the design, access and monument declaration.
The charity has now said it is investigating – and is closing all donation channels.
The mirror A spokesman said: “At this point, the Captain Tom Foundation’s sole focus is to ensure it is fully cooperating with the ongoing legal investigation by the Charity Commission.”
“For this reason, the Captain Tom Foundation is not actively seeking funds from donors at this time.
“Accordingly, we have also decided to close all payment channels while the legal investigation is still ongoing.
“Once the results of the legal inquiry are shared, the Captain Tom Foundation will be better placed to make a decision about its future, but for now our main priority is to assist the Charity Commission with their investigation.”
“In the meantime, on behalf of the trustees of the Captain Tom Foundation, we would like to say a big thank you to all of our supporters who have made it possible for us to support charities dear to Captain Sir Tom.”
Last night, the trustees claimed they were ignorant of the allegations.
The trustees stressed, “The independent trustees of the Captain Tom Foundation were at no time aware of the building permits issued by Mr. and Mrs. Ingram-Moore, which were said to be in the Foundation’s name.”
“Had they been aware of any applications, the independent trustees would not have approved them.”
Captain Tom lifted spirits during the Corona crisis by strolling through his garden in Bedfordshire in the run-up to his 100th birthday.
He raised nearly £39million for the NHS.
He was knighted, honored with an RAF flypast and received 225,000 100th birthday cards. He died in February 2021.
In August this year, the couple said the space was “much needed” for presentations and memorabilia.
The all-clear was given for the extension, but a subsequent application for approval for the spa complex was rejected last year.
Yesterday, a local resident told The Sun: “It feels like they thought their good will gave them the opportunity to do whatever they wanted.”
MPs called for an investigation by the Charity Commission.
Concerns about arrangements with a company linked to the couple are already being examined.
The Ingram-Moores refused to answer questions at their Grade II listed seven-bedroom home.