CAPTAIN Tom Moore has captured the hearts of the nation during the pandemic and was knighted by the Queen after raising £39 million for the NHS.
But his daughter has since been embroiled in a battle to maintain an illegally built spa and pool complex and is left resentful of pocketing £800,000 in cash from the sale of his books.
Hannah Ingram-Moore confessed to pocketing money from the NHS fundraiser in a bombshell interview with TalkTV’s Piers Morgan.
A tearful Hannah revealed her family had kept £800,000 from the three books written by her late father.
She claimed that her father wanted the family to keep the profits from his three books: “Captain Tom’s Life Lessons,” “One Hundred Steps” and his autobiography “Tomorrow Will Be a Good Day.”
Thousands of people who bought the three books were unaware that they were lining the family’s pockets.
But the Ingram-Moore’s insist that those who purchased the publications were never told that their money would go to charity.
Tonight a Channel 5 documentary attempts to find out whether the UK was “misled” when it donated millions of pounds to Captain Sir Tom Moore’s cause at the height of the pandemic.
‘Captain Tom: Where Did the Money Go?’ airs at 9pm and reveals the truth about how the large sum of money was spent.
Liz Brownsell, Birketts’ partner and charity director, explains that in the case of his autobiography, there are repeated claims that the proceeds will go to the Captain Tom Foundation.
Founded in June 2020, the charity aims to recognize and raise money for organizations supporting older people in the UK.
Ms Brownsell said: “Captain Sir Tom Moore will always be someone who is much loved and regarded as the grandfather of the nation. It’s really sad that the brand itself has been damaged.”
“So if you look at the foundation’s website, it says, ‘His autobiography and a children’s book’ will support his newly formed charity, the Captain Tom Foundation.”
She also referred to the prologue to his autobiography, which states: “Amazingly, at my age, with the offer to write this memoir, I was also given the chance to raise even more money for the charitable foundation now established in my name became.”
The expert added: “And that’s the problem.”
Hannah and her husband also fought to overturn the council’s decision to demolish a £200,000 “unpermitted” building.
The Sun exclusively revealed they told planners they wanted to set up an office for the charity in Captain Tom’s name – and then built a pool house with changing rooms, toilets and showers
The Ingram-Moore family have been criticized for the spa and pool complex they built at their £1.2million home.
They were given three months to demolish a controversial luxury spa complex they built in Captain Tom’s name after losing a court appeal.
On Tuesday November 7, planning inspectors ruled that the complex must be demolished in three months because it was built illegally in the £1.2 million mansion.
Inspector Diane Fleming said the “size and bulk” of the building had “resulted in damage” to the Old Rectory – the listed family home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.
In addition to demolishing the spa, the family must also remove all building materials and restore the site to its “former condition.”
The Ingram-Moore’s now have six weeks to appeal the decision.
Hannah and her husband had originally received permission from Central Bedfordshire Council to set up a small charity office for the Captain Tom Foundation.
Plans for the L-shaped building at the seven-bed villa in Marston Moretaine were given the green light in 2021.
Hannah and her husband Colin had applied for the planning on their own behalf – but used the trust’s name in the design, access and heritage statement.
The statement said the building would be used in part “in connection with the Captain Tom Foundation and its charitable goals.”
A subsequent subsequent application in 2022 – sought after some construction has already been carried out – to expand the originally approved building into a C-shaped building with a spa pool was rejected by the planning authority.
But then Hannah and Colin built a pool house with changing rooms, toilets and showers next to their £1.2 million home.
The court heard this was later “evolved” to include the hot tub.