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Captain Tom’s family planning privately funded extension of their home for the charity in his name

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family are on their way to building an extension at their home set with a toilet, kitchen and patio that will ‘mostly’ be used for charity purposes and ‘funded entirely by family money’.

The Captain Tom Foundation was created by the war hero’s family after he raised £39.3million for the NHS during the pandemic.

However, the charity is mired in controversy after it allegedly tried to pay Captain Sir Tom’s daughter a £150,000 salary before a watchdog blocked the attempt.

Captain Sir Tom Moore (pictured) raised close to £40million for the NHS by walking laps around his garden during the pandemic

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family (pictured on the day the war veteran was knighted) are on their way to building an extension at their home set with a toilet, kitchen and patio that will ‘mostly’ be used for charity purposes

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family (pictured on the day the war veteran was knighted) are on their way to building an extension at their home set with a toilet, kitchen and patio that will ‘mostly’ be used for charity purposes

The war veterans family, the Ingram-Moores, were granted planning permission in 2021 for a new house in the grounds of their current home, The Sun reported.

It will include a kitchen, toilet and outside patio and will be 15x6m.

Planning documents claimed it will ‘be used in part for private use but mostly in connection with The Captain Tom Foundation’. 

The Matrix Group, which has offices on the property already, made the planning application.

The new house ‘is funded entirely by family money’, Hannah Ingram-Moore told The Sun.

The amazing fundraising effort propelled Sir Captain Tom to superstardom. He was made an honorary colonel and was later knighted by the Queen (pictured) at Windsor Castle

The amazing fundraising effort propelled Sir Captain Tom to superstardom. He was made an honorary colonel and was later knighted by the Queen (pictured) at Windsor Castle

Last week it was revealed the charity allegedly tried to appoint his daughter as chief executive on a six-figure salary before a watchdog intervened.

The Captain Tom Foundation, set up by the family of the war veteran in the wake of his fundraising efforts, reportedly tried to appoint Hannah Ingram-Moore as its CEO on a salary in the region of £150,000.

But the Charity Commission, which has been in contact with the charity since March about its set-up and governance arrangements, blocked the salary last summer after permission was requested, according to The Independent.

It is understood that the proposal to hand Ms Ingram-Moore the role as CEO was made by trustees, while the reported salary represented around ten per cent of the charity’s total first-year income from May 2020 to April 2021.

The charity said that during trustees’ talks with the regulator, Ms Ingram-Moore ‘took the decision that the CEO role was not something she wished to pursue’ as she wanted to focus on other commitments.

The foundation was set up by the family of the war veteran in the wake of his fundraising efforts. The Second World War veteran (pictured) set a challenge to walk 100 lengths of his garden at his home in Bedfordshire

The foundation was set up by the family of the war veteran in the wake of his fundraising efforts. The Second World War veteran (pictured) set a challenge to walk 100 lengths of his garden at his home in Bedfordshire

The Captain Tom Foundation reportedly tried to appoint Hannah Ingram-Moore (pictured with Captain Tom) as its CEO on a salary in the region of £150,000

The Captain Tom Foundation reportedly tried to appoint Hannah Ingram-Moore (pictured with Captain Tom) as its CEO on a salary in the region of £150,000 

It comes after a report showed that the charity spent more than £160,000 in management costs in its first year. By comparison, the charity spent just £160,000 on giving out charitable grants over the same period - in the form of four £40,000 donations

It comes after a report showed that the charity spent more than £160,000 in management costs in its first year. By comparison, the charity spent just £160,000 on giving out charitable grants over the same period – in the form of four £40,000 donations

It said she instead committed to support the trustees for an interim nine-month period from August 2021, and the charity denied that the salary Ms Ingram-Moore was granted in this role was ‘six figures’. 

Ms Ingram-Moore was appointed as a trustee of the charity on February 1, 2021, but resigned on March 15, with her husband Colin becoming a trustee on the same date, a position he still holds, according to reports.

A salary of £150,000 would be similar to the RSPCA, which was recorded by Third Sector last year as paying its top earner £150,007, earning it a position as 98th on a list of the 100th highest-paying charities.

The RSPCA’s annual income stands at £142million, according to the list, which is believed to be more than 100 times that of The Captain Tom Foundation. 

The Captain Tom Foundation told MailOnline discussions with the Charity Commission are ‘highly confidential’, but confirmed it approached the watchdog for consent regarding the appointment of Hannah Ingram-Moore as CEO.

It added that the trustees undertook a ‘formal benchmarking exercise’ to decide an appropriate salary for the position, which was then compiled in a report.  

MailOnline has contacted the Sir Tom Moore Foundation for comment. 

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