The daughter of lockdown hero Captain Tom Moore faces another test after it was revealed she was claiming credit for his prestigious award.
Captain Tom became a symbol of resilience in the UK and around the world after raising £38million by running 100 laps around his garden during the pandemic. The incredible feats earned the World War II hero a knighthood from the late Queen Elizabeth II before he died in 2021 at the age of 100.
His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore sparked backlash earlier this month after she was accused of using the charity set up in her father’s name to add a spa pool complex to an alleged illegal extension of the £1.2million family home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, which was built without planning permission.
How the mood has changed — at least towards his daughter and son-in-law Hannah (pictured with Captain Tom) and Colin Ingram-Moore
MailOnline can today exclusively reveal that Ms Ingram-Moore allegedly used her father’s George HW Bush award to promote Maytrix, the company she runs with her husband Colin.
The Points of Light award is one of the awards featured in the Awards section of the website. The award was given to Captain Tom in recognition of the inspirational fundraiser for the 2020 pandemic.
Maytrix says on her website: “Hannah was thrilled to accept the award alongside her late father, Captain Sir Tom Moore, for her fundraising efforts during the pandemic.”
In a video ceremony at which Captain Tom and his daughter presented the award, Barbara Bush – daughter of President George W. Bush and son of George HW Bush – said, “Thank you, Sir Captain Thomas Moore.” What an incredible story and what an incredible life dedicated to service and community. We appreciate your leadership and dedication to serving those in need, and hope others will be inspired to follow in your footsteps.”
In describing the awards, Points of Light singles out Captain Tom as the honoree, saying he “inspired a whole nation.”
But on the management consultants’ website, Maytrix says the award went to both Captain Tom and his daughter
Announcing Captain Tom’s award, Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Bush’s sister, added: “More than ever, the more we help, the more we can achieve.” George Bush Prize winner Sir Captain Thomas Moore is well aware of this fact.
“As the global pandemic quickly began to drain healthcare resources, he decided to help. As a British Army officer and WWII veteran, even at 100 years old, his focus is still on helping others.”
Responding to the award in the video, Ms. Ingram-Moore said, “We were just trying to unite and do the right thing and do the best we can and that’s all we can do.” But it was a pivot in our lives that we have to accept, deliver and push back all the love that has been sent to us. “We just did our best.”
Other awards listed on the site include the Women Leaders Award Female Ambassador Award at the Great British Businesswoman Awards and the company’s nomination as a finalist in the 2021 Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards in the Best Support for Remote Workers category.
This comes amid further questions about Ms Ingram-Moore’s conduct after she was accused of using the foundation’s name in a planning application for her home.
They are appealing an order to demolish the office extension on the site of their £1.5million listed seven-bedroom home after it was revealed they had added a swimming pool and facilities such as changing rooms, showers and toilets without permits.
Amid mounting public anger over the claims, a spokesperson for NHS Charities Together said: “The Captain Tom Foundation is a fully autonomous organization set up after Captain Tom raised his funds for our urgent Covid-19 appeal and the Charity Commission made it clear that the £38m he raised for NHS Charities Together will not be investigated.”
Mrs Ingram-Moore on the ITV show This Morning in March 2022
The extension no longer had a flat roof, but a gabled roof “which overwhelmed the neighbors and overshadowed their gardens” because it was 1.5 meters higher than the neighboring bungalows
In August 2021, Mr and Mrs Ingram-Moore applied for planning permission for a charity office which they say is “much needed” for presentations and memorabilia
While the building was given the green light, a subsequent application for the spa complex (pictured) under their own name was turned down last year – meaning they face demolition
A statement went on to say that the £160million raised by the Covid appeal “has been distributed through the network of NHS charities to reach all NHS trust and health authorities in the UK”.
It continued: “It has funded thousands of projects, providing essential mental health support for NHS staff, training for emergency workers, equipment and support for patients, and community partnership programs to prevent disease and ease pressure on NHS services.”
A progress report on the Covid appeal on the charity’s website said the result “shows the difference” the funds are making.
The announcement was seen as a step to avoid collateral damage from the disputes surrounding the Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Ingram-Moore’s other interests.
The Charity Commission last year launched a legal investigation into the foundation over decisions that “may have generated significant profit for a business run by the couple.”
It said Club Nook Ltd “had been given the opportunity to use variations of the name ‘Captain Tom’ as a trademark without objection from the charity, which raised money with branded products such as gin and t-shirts.”
The commission previously rejected an application by Ms Ingram-Moore, 52, to become the foundation’s chief executive at £100,000 a year – a salary similar to that of heads of large charities.
She was later allowed to take up the post on a temporary basis for the equivalent of £85,000 a year. Now there is a new CEO.
It was revealed this week that an application for an L-shaped office in their three-acre garden – where Captain Tom, who was knighted for his fundraising activities, walked the rounds – had been submitted on the grounds that it was necessary “in connection with the Captain Tom Foundation and its charitable aims”.
But the Ingram-Moores reportedly converted it into a C-shaped building with a pool and spa facilities before applying for retrospective planning permission in February last year.
The foundation clarified in a statement that it was unaware of the construction work: “Had they known of any applications, the independent trustees would not have approved them.”
Maytrix and Points of Light have been contacted for comment.
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