EYE-WATERING PROFIT FROM CAPTAIN TOM'S BOOK THAT STAFF THOUGHT WAS GOING TO CHARITY

People involved in the release of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s bestselling memoir have revealed they believed a ‘significant donation’ of the profits would be made to charity.

It comes after his daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, 53, said the family kept around £800,000 of profits.

This is despite Captain Tom implying in his autobiography that he wished some of the money went to his foundation – The Captain Tom Foundation.

He wrote: ‘With the offer to write this memoir I have also been given the chance to raise even more money for the charitable foundation now established in my name.’

But Hannah said that his wish was that the family keep the money.

A source who worked on the release of the book told The Times: ‘Everyone that worked on the books … was very much told that a significant donation would be made by the family into the foundation.

‘I don’t know if I thought it would be all, or a lot, but I thought there would be a significant donation.

‘The publishers were very clear that it wasn’t a charity book. But there was that clear indication there would be a significant donation [going to the foundation].’

It comes after Hannah and her husband Colin, 67, were disqualified by the Charity Commission from being charity trustees.

The family issued a statement in which they said they ‘fundamentally disagree’ with the decision.

They said they made the ‘extremely difficult decision’ not to appeal, saying the ‘profound emotional upheaval and financial burden make such a course of action untenable’.

A lawyer for Hannah said that the charity could shut down.

A statutory inquiry about The Captain Tom Foundation was first raised in 2022, following concerns the charity had no independence from the family business.

The family were also forced to tear down a massive spa complex at the beginning of this year.

Planning permission was initially granted for an L-shaped building – but the planning authority refused a second application for a larger C-shaped building with the spa pool.

But construction of the spa still went forth resulting in the enforcement notice from the local council for demolition.

Captain Tom inspired the nation by raising £38 million for NHS charities, after he set a goal of walking 100 laps of his garden by his 100th birthday on April 30 2020.

He died on February 2 2021.

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