​Due to the sudden and unexpected death of Mr Clive Richards, the Founder and Chairman of the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity


we will be closed until further notice


A new Chairman will be appointed and we will open again so please re-visit this page for updates.

The family and trustees thank you for your kind messages of support.

We have received many requests from people, charities & companies wishing to make a donation to our Charity following the death of Mr Richards.  Please click on Donate Online if you wish to do so. Thank you.

If you wish to make a donation by cheque please download the Gift Aid Form which contains payment details and address to send it.  Thank you.

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Clive Richards, aged 83, made Herefordshire his home for the last 38 years.


He was born and educated in Birmingham/Black Country and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Cost and Management Accountant and Chartered Secretary in 1959.


Having moved to the City of London in 1960 he spent 50 years becoming a serial entrepreneur building up 10 PLCs in various industries subsequently merging/selling them.


Outside his business career, his major interests were the Estate in Herefordshire where there are 2 farming enterprises, Lower Hope Farms & Lower Hope Fruit where they grow the most delicious prizewinning cherries.  He won Fruit Grower of the Year in both 2011 and 2015. 


His other interest was the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity which was established in 1986/7.  It currently gives away £1 - £2M a year to a wide variety of charities including education, hospitals, hospices, heritage and overseas.  The Charity has grown over the years and now has 6 independent Trustees.


He was awarded the Knighthood of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great, by Pope Francis in 2018 and in January 2020 he was awarded the Commander of the British Empire for services to charity and to the community in Herefordshire.


Clive was passionate about so many things and endeavoured to help as many as he could either by advice, support via his Charity, fundraising events and opening his beautiful gardens at Lower Hope.  He would often be seen wandering around his garden on the National Garden Scheme open days with his beloved Labrador dogs not far behind.


He kept strong connections with his old Grammar School, Bishop Vesey in Sutton Coldfield, as his education and guidance there set him off on his career path to, in his own words,  'make a few bob' which he later generously shared with others.


He has been a mentor to many now very successful businessmen, singers, musicians, sportsmen, doctors and accountants.


Over the years he was actively involved with the Herefordshire Young Farmers, most of the schools in Herefordshire and beyond where many have annexes, buildings, football/rugby pitches, new classrooms etc named after him, Malvern Theatres, Conquest Theatre, Bromyard Leisure Centre, Bromyard Sports Foundation and Bromyard Rugby Clubs to name just a few.


Clive lived his life to the absolute fullest.  A keen sportsman in cricket and rugby playing at county level, went skiing twice a year, enjoyed sailing, fishing and shooting.   


Clive passed away peacefully at home on Friday 16 April. He is survived by his wife Sylvia, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Welcome to the

Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity


The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity is committed to supporting

Education, Healthcare, Heritage and Arts.     Our aim is

"To Make A Difference"

We will provide support to charity organisations where we seek to be a catalyst to unlock other funding sources for good causes and ensure sustainability and transformational change.

In addition, we will provide support to individuals who wish to further their education primarily in the Music and Arts sectors and for young people (based within the geographic area).

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The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity are proud supporters of XHOSA COLE

the Winner of

BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Nov 2018

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Contact Us

Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity
Lower Hope

Phone: 01432 820557

Our Aim


The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity is committed to supporting charitable causes where its financial support will 'make a difference'.

How To Apply


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