A spokesperson for The Royal British Legion (RBL) has confirmed reports that their relationship with the Captain Tom Foundation is under review.
The national military charity is concerned about activities that have recently come to light, particularly revelations about certain financial practices.
It comes after last month’s accounts published by the Captain Tom Foundation appeared to shed light on the whereabouts of tens of thousands of pounds that had been donated to it by supporters.
The information shown in these accounts listed the names of firms run by Captain Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her husband, Colin, as receiving payments under the labelled description – “expenses”.
It’s reported that a request was also made to the Charity Commission by representatives of the foundation to appoint Ms Ingram-Moore as CEO on a six-figure salary.
As a result of these concerns, the foundation now finds itself at the centre of a regulatory compliance case opened by the Charity Commission.
A fundraising event named “Captain Tom Day” set to be held in June is now being postponed in the wake of disclosures about the foundation’s finances.
In a statement to media, the Royal British Legion said:
“The Royal British Legion was confirmed as one of the beneficiary charities of the Captain Tom Foundation in August 2020. Since then, the RBL has received three donations from the Captain Tom Foundation; £10,000 in November 2020, £10,000 in January 2021 and £20,000 in May 2021.
“As a charity, the RBL is always grateful for donations, which enable us to continue our work supporting members of the Armed Forces community in the greatest need. The RBL is not currently expecting any donation from the Captain Tom Foundation. We are aware that the foundation has changed its strategy and, as a result, the nature of our future relationship has been under discussion between the two parties since late 2021. The RBL cannot comment on an ongoing investigation by the Charity Commission.”
Representatives of the Captain Tom Foundation (CTF) declined to comment. The Charity Commission has confirmed that it is still in the process of investigating the foundation’s operations.
“Our engagement with the trustees of the Captain Tom Foundation on its setup and governance arrangements continues,” a spokesperson for the Charity Commission told reporters last month.