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Captain Tom Foundation likely to close following controversy and probe by watchdog

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Barrister said the foundation is "unlikely to exist" in future

Controversy surrounding the governance of the Captain Tom Foundation will most likely lead to its closure, it has been revealed.

Hannah Ingram-Moore, Sir Tom’s daughter, is currently appealing a decision instructing her to demolish a spa that was built at the family home without planning consent.

A barrister representing the famous fundraiser’s family at the planning appeal said it was that the foundation created in his name was “unlikely to exist” in the future.

The news comes amid a Charity Commission probe into the charity after accounts showed £160,000 was given away in charitable grants while £240,000 was spent on management and fundraising costs.

Sir Tom raised £38.9m for NHS Charities Together, including Gift Aid, by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday at the height of the first national lockdown in April 2020.

The foundation is not linked Sir Tom’s original fundraising effort.

However the family has since been accused of cashing in on his name after Hannah Ingram-Moore kept a sizable chunk of cash raised from a personal appearance while the family kept some £800,000 profits from books written by the WWII veteran.

While there is no suggestion of illegality, the Charity Commission is investigating whether guidelines have been breached.

Barrister Scott Stemp, acting on behalf of Hannah Ingram-Moore and her husband Colin, said: "It's not news to anybody that the foundation, it seems, is to be closed down following an investigation by the Charity Commission."