UK Support

Hereford Rotary Club - Duck Race 2019

'We are delighted to have raised £8,382 for our local and international charities - we couldn't have raised this amount without the fantastic backing we have received from our main sponsors the Clive and Sylvia Richards charity who have been so incredibly supportive of this venture.'

Photographs by  Derek Foxton

Queen Elizabeth School, Bromyard

 

Couple give school £150,000 to open new vocational centre

 

PRESS RELEASE 16th July - By Ian Morris Assistant Editor Hereford Times
 

 

Clive and Sylvia Richards have given £150,000 to the new venture.

A SCHOOL will offer students the chance to learn a traditional trade after receiving £150,000 from a county couple.

The new Vocational Studies Centre at Bromyard's Queen Elizabeth High School will allow students to work towards a career within tiling, plastering, bricklaying, animal care and the motor industry.

It has been funded by philanthropists Clive and Sylvia Richards through the Herefordshire couple's charity.

Martin Farmer, the school's headteacher, says Queen Elizabeth sees a "greater than national and indeed local number of students" progressing to both vocational college courses and apprenticeships.

"As a county, Herefordshire has long been a place where practical skills are valued highly in the range of professions young people progress on to," he added.

"This provision will help Queen Elizabeth to play their part in ensuring that for years to come those skills will be protected and developed."

The centre will consist of three buildings, a double garage and vehicular maintenance area to enable students to work towards a career within the motor industry.

There will also be a refurbished construction room where students can develop skills, in tiling, plastering and bricklaying and an animal care room for pupils.

Work will begin on the buildings imminently and will be concluded in time for the return of students in September.

Mr and Mrs Richards have been supporters of education within Herefordshire for many years – and their cash investment in Bromyard will fully fund the project.

Mr Richards said: “There are several different pathways which students can take for long term success.

"Not everyone, including myself, is suitable for university.

"I am delighted to be part of this vocational initiative."

An official Opening Ceremony will be scheduled for late September when the centre will be formally named and dedicated.

Visitors will be able to see the centre during an open evening on Tuesday, September 24, between 6pm and 9pm, and the following two days which will be open to the public.

Mr Farmer said "governors, staff and students" would like to publicly thank both Clive and Sylvia Richards and the trustees for "enabling this very important initiative for the students of Bromyard and the surrounding areas to become a reality".

Leominster Royal Air Force Air Cadets  Leominster (151 Squadron) - Marching Band - statement

'Following a monumental fundraising drive by the Civilian Welfare Committee and some very generous donations from several benefactors including the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity, 151(Leominster) Sqn took delivery of instruments for a full marching band in September 2018. Just a week later and with just 4 hours practice, four drummers and the Drum Major took part in a WW1 Centenary Parade in Bromyard which was incredibly well received. By November 11, Armistice Day, the band had 11 members and proudly led the Leominster Remembrance Parade. Feedback from the local RBL was that the presence of the band had lifted the parade to new heights and they were already looking forward to them leading the parade again next year. 

Band members have regular practice nights at the squadron and are increasing their repertoire of tunes in readiness for the summer. As many of the cadets cannot read music, they are learning to play both ‘by ear’ and with help from those among them that can read it. 

As a squadron we are incredibly grateful to everyone who made such generous donations to our band fund and helped us provide the cadets with another chance to learn a skill and gain confidence.

151 (Leominster) Squadron ATC is proud to be the first Cadet Marching Band in Herefordshire.'

Madley Environmental Study Centre

The Clive and Sylvia Richards charity has helped us immensely, providing funding for children with special educational needs to come and take part in outdoor learning activities at Madley Environmental Study Centre.


Without the funding these visits would not be feasible, for the schools or ourselves. Having repeat visits has been so valuable for the children, gaining in confidence with each trip, with senses stimulated and vocabulary surprising even the teachers accompanying.

 

Repeat visits have also been extremely beneficial to us, as we’ve really been able to get to know the children, their abilities and their nuances, and watched them develop over the weeks.

William Pate

I am extremely grateful for the bursary provided by Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity which has supported me during my two-year Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, London. I can well remember the sunny day in 2017 when I heard from Mr Richards that the charity would support me; it was like a physical weight had been lifted from me. As well as this financial support I have felt very uplifted throughout my course by the personal interest that Clive and Sylvia have taken in my progress. Their kindness made me feel like I deserved the opportunity I had been offered, and made me determined to make the most of it.

 

I will graduate in Summer 2019 having had the opportunity over the past two years at RAM to work with internationally renowned conductors, perform in world-class venues, and take part in concerts, projects, opera scenes and productions at a level that I could not have imagined prior to beginning at RAM.

 

Without the support of CSRC I would never have got there.

Photo credit Robert Workman

Photo credit Ben Durrant

Xhosa Cole from Birmingham

‘It is hard to put into words or measure how much the generosity of the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity has helped to facilitate my development over the past few years. As a young jazz musician in England trying to find my place in an international scene of incredible artists, I’ve encountered numerous obstacles, many of which have been securing the finances to make the next steps in my career. These have included  funding the purchase of my Alto and Tenor Saxophones and covering costs including lesson fees, travel back and forth from London etc.

Without the support of this amazing charity I would not have been able to achieve the heights I have been fortunate to reach so far. I was recently awarded the prestigious award of the Young Jazz Musician of the Year and although it took lots of hard work from me, without the ongoing support of the charity, I would not have been able to compete along side the top calibre of young jazz musicians in the country let alone win the competition. I am fortunate to be making music every day, performing at prestigious venues along side some of the UKs top musicians, composing music for a range of ensembles and festivals and teaching the next generations of UK talent and I am able to do that because of the generosity of this incredible charity’

Peter Le Marchant Trust

The Peter Le Marchant Trust has established an innovative Young Peoples project with the support of the Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity to increase the number of young people who volunteer and participate at its Base and on its Canal Boats. This is a new and exciting project seeing young people engaging in Canal Boat operations and environmental work to improve their motivation, confidence & self-esteem.

Circus Starr

Let me just say, thank you so much! The Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity has made it possible for us to take forward our Circus of the Senses project which we have run in Shrewsbury and Milton Keynes. Your support of our project has allowed us to explore sensory techniques to make our inclusive circus performances as meaningful and as stimulating as we can for those with profound and multiple learning difficulties. At a time when businesses and foundations are facing uncertainty post-Brexit and so many other requests for donations, you thought of others for whom FUN is all too often in short supply and extended your hand of support to them.

Meadows Birth Centre, Worcestershire

The Clive and Sylvia Richards charity purchased 4 mood lamps together with their essential oil diffusers.

Flying Scholarship for the Disabled - based in Gloucestershire

Scholarship awarded in 2018

Dr Jack Whiting

My placement at Karapitiya, Sri Lanka was an extremely valuable and enriching experience. It was a wonderful opportunity to put what I had learned at medical school into practice and build my confidence before formally starting work as a doctor. Furthermore, it has really made me appreciate how fortunate we are in the UK to have a healthcare system like the NHS.

 

Although it is a shame that this incredible experience has drawn to an end, I have an exciting few months ahead of me in the UK.  I have received the good news of an offer for my first-choice job at Salford Royal Hospital in Manchester where I will begin work as a Foundation Doctor at the start of August.

 

I would once again like to thank you and your foundation for providing me with the financial support that allowed me to grasp this unique opportunity. It has been an experience that I will never forget and it would not have been the same without your help.

Dr Jack Whiting Sri Lanka
Dr Jack Whiting Clive Sylvia Richards Charity Sri Lanka

Bursaries at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - Christine Byrne and Isaac Shieh

Christine Byrne

The past few years have been incredibly exciting for myself and my family. The final year of my MA Opera course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama however has been incredibly challenging because of a terrible personal tragedy that has had a profound impact on us all.

 

I was approached by my Head of Department who advised that I continue my studies on the Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Professional Practice course. This year at the college will be pivotal in affording me the opportunity to build a strong foundation to forward my professional development. All of this would not be possible without the generosity of The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity. I will now be able to study without course fees. Their support will allow me to focus entirely on my education and will give me the ability to work towards all of the opportunities that will unfold as the year progresses. I am incredibly grateful and feel truly blessed by their kindness. Something I hope to repay in kind.

Christine Byrne USA American RWCMD

Isaac Shieh

"The generous support from the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity has not only provided me with the financial aid to fulfil my fullest potential in music, but also assured me that my profession is valued and invested in.

 

In such a turbulent and uncertain time for the future of arts, the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity has given me the confidence to pursue my passion in the specialised field of historical performance, and the funds I have received would go towards my Masters degree as well as assist me in purchasing much needed instruments, as I will be performing with world-class ensembles such as Ex Cathedra (UK), Irish Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Cordia (Italy) on a more regular basis in the upcoming calendar year. 

 

The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity has certainly propelled my burgeoning career as I am able to make the most out of my opportunities without being limited by financial constraints. I am extremely grateful to have received a scholarship from Clive and Sylvia and I look forward to continuing my relationship with the charity in the years to come."

Isaac Shieh RWCMD musical instrument wind

Keech Hospice Care

Keech Hospice Care is the adult hospice for Luton and south Bedfordshire, and the children’s hospice for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.

As a charity, we provide free, specialist care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for adults and children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses as well as vital support for their family and friends.

Our excellent care supports children and adults to live pain and symptom free, to spend untroubled time with their family and friends, to understand what is happening to them, to stay out of hospital and to make the most of the time they have.

Our care is not just provided at the hospice itself but in the hospital, school, care or family home – wherever support is needed the most.

As leaders in our field, our excellent standard of care extends to support a patient’s family, friends, neighbours and colleagues for as long as they need us afterwards.

As a charity, we rely on our supporters for around 70 per cent of our funding. This means we need to raise more than £6 million every year to continue our specialist care. We’re enormously grateful for the support of The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity as donations like these will ensure we can keep providing all our services to our adults, children and their families at a time they need us most.

Andrew Martin - Educational bursary

Andrew Martin flute musician

'The support generously given to me by the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity has not only provided me with the funds I need to continue my training without worry of being unable to pay my tuition fees, but has also given me the reassurance that my future is worth investing in.

 

In what is a particularly difficult time for all artists due to funding cuts, trusts like the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity are instrumental if we want to secure a future for creative arts in the UK. The funds I have received will go towards my Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where I will be training under the highest calibre of musicians to develop an orchestral career of my own.

 

Without this award from Clive and Sylvia, I would almost certainly not be able to undertake this vital period of my training, or achieve my goal of becoming a professional orchestral musician.'

In July 2019 Andrew was awarded further funding by the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity.

A statement from Ocar Castellino

Due to the generosity of the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity, the Head of Voice at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, contacted me saying that they could offer me a place on their coveted opera course. The Charity would take care of my fees and help with living expenses.  I was living in India at the time so their support meant I could travel to UK and study at the College.

 

From that moment on my life has been very different. I have received the best training at the college, sung at BBC Cardiff Singer Masterclasses, performed as a soloist with Carlo Rizzi and the WNO orchestra, composed the anthem for Mars and now I am on a contract with Scottish Opera.

 

The Clive and Sylvia Charity have helped change my life in a big way and members of the board have followed my progress, attended my performances and invited me to perform in concerts organized by the charity. I look forward to continue my relationship with the charity as well as follow their work in changing lives and making this world a better place!​

Oscar Castellino singer Royal Welsh College Music Drama Clive Sylvia Richards Charity support bursary award
Oscar Castellino support RWCMD Cardiff Wales
Oscar Castellino full orchestra performance

John Masefield School, Ledbury

Don Rule Bistro 2017 John Masefield School Ledbury Herefordshire Clive Sylvia Richards Charity

A statement from Rosamund

 

'The generous support of the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity has provided me with a significant contribution towards the fees for my masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, training in Music Therapy. Like any of the allied health professions you cannot practise as a music therapist without undertaking the associated training, and the MA at Guildhall is one of only eight courses in the UK where you can train. I start the two year MA in September 2018 and this financial backing will allow me to begin the course confident in being able to afford the first instalments of fees, allowing me to fully engage in the training.

My deepest thanks go to the Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity.'

In August 2019 Rosamund was awarded further funding.

Rosamund Harper flute music therapy

Educational bursaries

A statement from Olivia

I was generously awarded a bursary from the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity so that I could complete my Master of Music course at the Royal Northern College of Music. During my time there I have been studying with the International Chair of Violin, Professor Yair Kless, successfully auditioned for a placement with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and worked with Manchester Camerata. With the charity's support I can now complete my final year of study and continue to build up a body of work so that I can go on to graduate and live as a professional violinist.

Olivia Jago violin student Clive and Sylvia Richards charity

A statement from Luciano Williamson

 

During my postgraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama I aim to develop as a working professional composer. The generous financial support from the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity means I don’t have to worry about funding my studies, and can instead devote my time to this development. After a very successful undergraduate degree completed at the College already, and with the start of this journey already begun as I receive multiple international premieres of my music this year, I am confident that the next two years will be, with the support of the Charity, instrumental in my professional development.

Luciano Williamson

Pentabus Rural Theatre, Shropshire for a Writer In Residence Bursary

 

Artistic Director Sophie Motley said

‘We are thrilled to have the brilliant Sophie Ellerby joining us this September. She is a fantastic artist, truly representative of the journey that Pentabus are embarking on with the form of our work coming from encounters with people and communities. We are looking forward to Sophie starting her journey here at Pentabus, to meet our  young writers and most importantly  to have the space, time and support to focus on her writing. This would not be doable without the generous support of Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity, we are extremely thankful to them for having the vision to help us to truly change the lives of emerging artists and to give them this opportunity.’

Pentabus Rural Theatre Shropshire Writer in Residence bursary Sophie Ellerby Motley

A statement from Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust is absolutely delighted to have the support of the Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity. Their extremely kind and generous donation of £15,000 per year for two years will make an enormous difference to our work with families affected by retinoblastoma (Rb).

 

Rb is a rare and aggressive form of eye cancer that affects babies and children, usually under the age of six. Around 50 children are diagnosed in the UK every year and more than half will lose an eye in order to stop the cancer spreading and save their life. At any one time, dozens of children will undergo invasive and distressing treatment and nearly half of cases are heritable, leaving the child vulnerable to other cancers later in life as well as the risk of passing the gene on to their own children.

 

CHECT is the only charity in the UK exclusively supporting families affected by Rb – from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond into teenage years and adulthood. The support of the Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity will help us to continue this vital work in the future. It will also help us to raise awareness of this little known cancer among parents and healthcare professionals to ensure a quick diagnosis, and fund research into treatments and care of those affected.

Educational Support - A statement from Hannah-Louise

I completed my Undergraduate, Bachelor of Music degree at Edinburgh Napier University in 2017, studying violin as my first instrument. When accepted to The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) to study my Master of Musical performance (MMus), it gave me the fantastic opportunity to grow as a musician increasing both my academic and performance experience.

As I begin my second year at RWCMD, I am so grateful and feel immensely privileged that with the financial support of the Clive and Sylvia Richards charity, I can continue this amazing musical journey.

My senior year as a MMus Performance student, will include a rich variety of challenges as I approach the end of my study. Technically demanding repertoire, multiple orchestral projects and fast paced modules, designed to craft the outlook of my future as a musician, will complement the skills I attained in year one. I will also be leading a new quartet, playing in the ‘City Church’ worship band, private tutoring and expand viola and piano repertoire.

My musical ability, knowledge and confidence as a violinist and musician has already been so enriched within the music college, and thanks to the Clive and Sylvia Richards charity, the joy of completing my studies at RWCMD in Cardiff can continue with peace of mind

Hannah Louise bursary award Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity violin student college university

The new artificial mat at the Queen Elizabeth School, Bromyard

Bromyard Cricket Club would like to express its sincere gratitude to the Clive and Sylvia Richards charity, for their very generous donation which has enabled the old artificial mat at the Queen Elizabeth High School to be replaced.  The new mat will be used by Bromyard 3rd XI, the school, and by Bromyard CC juniors.  It should see plenty of use and will hopefully last for a decade or so.  Once again thanks to Clive and Sylvia for their generosity.  Images show 'before' and 'after'.

Queen Elizabeth School & Bromyard  cricket club
Queen Elizabeth School and Bromyard Cricket Club artificial pitch mat

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A statement from William Fox

 

I have just spent three years as a Music student and Organ Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, where, alongside studying for a degree, I took a share in the organ-playing at daily chapel services in the College Chapel, as well as broadcasts, recordings and tours with the choir.

 

Before heading to Oxford, I enjoyed a wonderful gap year in Hereford, working at the Cathedral as organ scholar. I have very fond memories of the county, its Cathedral and its people. Over a short span of time, I was made to feel very welcome in the Cathedral community and county.

 

I am about to move to London to take up the (somewhat daunting) role of Sub Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral. St Paul’s is possibly the busiest cathedral in the country, with major special services, daily services. At St Paul’s, I will be expected to learn a significant amount of music. The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity has enabled me to invest in a practice organ to allow me to practise regularly on an high-quality instrument in my own accommodation. Small practice organs are hard to come by, and often extremely expensive. Though I have been lucky in having access to instruments on which to practice in the past, having an instrument of quality in my sole ownership for the first time will offer a much-valued degree of financial security and musical practicality.

 

I am immensely grateful to the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity for their generosity, and I endeavour to repay it through daily use of an instrument which will underpin the work that I do.

 

Photo credit: Hugh Warwick

A statement from Royal Northern College of Music and Drama in Manchester

The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity has provided invaluable support to the RNCM Children’s Opera project, enabling 180 children from four primary schools in inner-city Manchester to devise and perform their own opera. The project facilitated a transformational leap in the children’s confidence, skills and knowledge.  As a result of the Charity’s grant, we have witnessed the incredible personal development of the children and their growing appetite to become involved in the arts. It has been a privilege to be able to provide these opportunities to the young people

Royal Northern College of Music and Drama, Manchester
Royal Northern College of Music and Drama, Manchester
Royal Northern College of Music and Drama, Manchester
Royal Northern College of Music and Drama, Manchester

PRESS RELEASE on 19th January 2014

Clive Richards OBE donates £1million to St Michael’s Hospice, Bartestree, Herefordshire

Thanks to the enormous generosity of philanthropist Clive Richards OBE, DL the community of Herefordshire is one giant step closer to having a hospice that can meet all the palliative care needs of local people for generations to come, both within St Michael’s Hospice and just as importantly within the place where they live.

Clive Richards is one of Britain’s most successful businessmen and since setting up The Clive Richards Charity with his wife Sylvia in 1987 he has been supporting communities and giving people access to education and pathways to independence.

Clive’s successful business career and investments have enabled him to help many charities and organisations in his home county of Herefordshire. Supporting the County, where he first came as a child to pick soft fruit, has given him and his wife Sylvia enormous fulfilment over many years.

Sylvia and Clive’s profound act of human kindness builds on the long-standing support that St Michael’s has received from its community over the last thirty years, and will enable the Hospice to double the amount of care it can give to all family members affected by the life-limiting illness of a loved one. St Michael’s Hospice will be able to offer far more support out in the community and enhance the care it gives to local patients, their friends and family, regardless of their circumstances.

Clive Richards OBE, DL said, “I have chosen to support St Michael’s Hospice because I feel passionate about the work they do. The new Hospice will play a vital role in the community and I believe that every penny being spent on this new development is needed to ensure people are cared for at every stage of their illness and the support is there for their family to help them through the most difficult of times. Understanding how much this means to local people and how generous and creative they have been in raising what has been achieved to date has inspired me to make this donation to end-of-life care for our community for the future. I hope this will make it possible for the community to shortly reach the target needed for the full Redevelopment Appeal.”

Chairman of St Michael’s Hospice, Alister Walshe said, “Thanks to Clive and Sylvia we are now getting close to raising all the funds we need to complete the first phase of the new In-Patient Unit and Complementary Therapies Suite. We hope this generous act of kindness will inspire others to dig deep and make a Once-in-a-Lifetime gift to help bring all our plans to life and create a Hospice that is for everyone in Herefordshire and surrounding borders and will make a real difference to families at the time they need it most.”

Clive Richards donation St Michael's Hospice, Bartestree, Hereford, Herefordshire
Clive and Sylvia Richards St Michael's Hospice
Clive and Sylvia Richards St Michael's Hospice
Clive and Sylvia Richards St Michael's Hospice
Clive and Sylvia Richards St Michael's Hospice Charity donation
Clive and Sylvia Richards St Michael's Hospice new build donation hereford
Clive and Sylvia Richards St Michael's Hospice Hereford Herefordshire

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Cruse in Bristol

An award was made to Cruse in Bristol.  They help bereaved people/families by providing drop-in facilities,

telephone calls, therapeutic groups and one to one support.

Cruse in Bristol
Cruse in Bristol drop in bereavement
Cruse Bristol drop in centre bereaved

 

 

Mid Border Arts, Presteigne, Powys

The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity agreed to

support a programme of live theatre

engagement for children from Herefordshire

and Radnorshire including drama workshops

September 2017 - June 2018.

Mid Border Arts
Mid Border Arts, Presteigne, Powys

May 2017

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham     Exciting vision for Imaging Centre - Opening of new ITM Unit.    Download the article click here

1 February 2017 - PRESS RELEASE

Herefordshire-based philanthropists Clive and Sylvia Richards have made a £250,000 gift to support the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s extensive educational programme over the next five years.

The gift has been made in celebration of the appointment of the orchestra’s new Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – ‘conducting’s next superstar’ in the words of The Telegraph – whose initial concerts with the orchestra have attracted universal acclaim. It will enable Mirga to play a leading role in the future development of the orchestra’s educational programme, and will contribute to the cost of around 30 concerts per year for young people, an extensive programme of musical activities in schools, and the orchestra’s work with gifted and talented young musicians which includes the CBSO Youth Orchestra and the CBSO Youth and Children’s Choruses.

The first instalment of the gift was made as Mirga conducted schools’ concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham for 8,000 local children on 30 and 31 January.

Welcoming the gift, Mirga announced that the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity will be named Principal Supporter of the CBSO’s work with young people. She said, ‘We are thankful that Clive and Sylvia Richards share our desire to inspire young people with a love of music. Their incredible gift will enable us to offer musical experiences for tens of thousands of children every year, whether at our concerts for young people, in schools, or through our world-class youth ensembles. We are very grateful’.

CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock added, ‘Clive and Sylvia Richards’ exceptionally generous gift is an important contribution to the £8 million which we will need to raise from the private sector over the next five years to realise our ambitions under Mirga’s leadership. We hope that by supporting the CBSO so generously Clive and Sylvia will inspire others to give whatever they are able.’

Clive Richards was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield, and began his career in the Birmingham office of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG). After a period as Group Finance Director of NM Rothschild & Sons he has spent the last four decades based in the City of London as a serial entrepreneur, establishing and investing in numerous companies.

The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity was established in 1986, and has since then provided millions of pounds in support to healthcare, education, heritage and artistic causes in Herefordshire and the Midlands and around the UK. Clive was awarded the OBE for charity in the millennium honours list. He is no stranger to orchestral music, having previously served as a board director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Clive Richards said ‘My wife and I are delighted to support Mirga in the music education of young people in the greater Birmingham area. Undoubtedly Mirga will captivate and inspire all the young people who come into orbit as she already does with her older admirers.’

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Clive Sylvia Richard Charity donation £250,000

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announces £250,000 gift from

Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity

Canine Partners

Assistance dogs which are trained to meet the needs of individuals with even the most complex physical disabilities.  There are hundreds of disabled people across the UK partnered with these dogs.  The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity have assisted Canine Partners in many fundraising events, Breeding programmes and capital projects.  Their new premises at Fields Farm is currently under construction.

Canine Partners receives no government funding, they rely solely on donations and legacies to keep creating these life-transforming partnerships.

Canine Partnere

Fields Farm Midlands Centre - Canine Partners

The main building was completed in 2014 which meant they were able to create 31 new partnerships during that year from the Midlands Centre. In January 2017, they opened the kitchen and wheelchair accessible accommodation. The final phase that they are fundraising for is a special kennel block which will allow them to house 24 dogs in training.

Educational Support - A statement from William​ White

​"The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity has provided me with invaluable support in aiding me to complete my postgraduate studies as a clarinettist at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2015, after successful audition, I embarked on a two-year Master of Arts programme at the Academy, in order in more finely hone my skills on my instrument and to help develop my professional network.

 

As there is no student loan available for postgraduate study it has to be entirely self funded, with the help of different trusts and organisations. I met with Mr Richards who was extremely kind to me and took a very genuine interest in my career to date and my plans for the future. I was lucky enough to receive and award from the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity that helped me enormously in completing my studies at the Academy.

 

With this financial help, I was able to immerse myself fully in my course with out the added worry of not being able to pay my tuition fees. In July 2017, I graduated with Distinction on the Master of Arts course from RAM and am now embarking on a career as an orchestral musician. I am fortunate enough to currently be working with several professional orchestras and I am positive that I would have not be in this position if it were not for the help from the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity.

 

As well as providing invaluable financial support, Mr Richards had a wealth of knowledge of the Arts and takes a great interest in an individuals progress and career path. The support I received from the CSRC will last far past the culmination of my course and I hope to be in contact with the charity as my career continues."

William White clarinette clarinettist

A statement from The Daisy Garland  

​‘A journey of hope… for children with epilepsy’

  

The Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity Are Transforming Lives!

 

The Daisy Garland would like to extend their huge and heartfelt thanks to the Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity for their extremely kind and generous donation of £25,000 towards second year ketogenic funding at the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital in Oxford.

 

Over the past 10 years The Daisy Garland have funded 15 specialist ketogenic dietitians, all of them working in NHS hospitals countrywide transforming the lives of hundreds of children who suffer with drug resistant epilepsy through the ketogenic diet therapy.  Due to lack of NHS funding this diet is not widely available in the UK, but the Daisy Garland aim to change this, with more dietitians planned to follow.

 

The Daisy Garland is enormously grateful to the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity for believing in the work that we do and for their extremely generous support for which we are unspeakably grateful.

 

For more information about The Daisy Garland please visit www.thedaisygarland.org.uk    You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

This is Summer.  Summer's mum Carly said

 

“The Daisy Garland really has changed our lives

and Summer is so much happier and alert thanks

to the ketogenic diet and our amazing dietitian,

Judy Wadsworth.” 

Educational Support

A bursary grant was made to Naomi to assist with her musical educational studies.

Naomi Bayley

Educational Support

 

Dayna received an award in 2018 from the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity for her Masters Course and a further award was made in July 2019.

Dayna Townsend

Educational Support

In 2016 Daire began studying for a masters at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was awarded post graduate funding.  He now studies with Vicci Wardman (Principal Viola of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra).

Daire Roberts

A Statement From Dayna

Being able to take up my place on the MMus course in Orchestral Performance and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama this year has allowed me to develop my playing and career beyond what I might have hoped for. The course has provided me with many opportunities to improve my playing both individually with my 1:1 tutor, Lowri Porter (Assistant leader of Welsh Nation Opera) and orchestrally through the professional placements I have received with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Welsh National Opera. My teacher has been an incredible help to my playing and has really helped me to come up with strategies for more effective practice, coping in performance situations and audition scenarios. She has also helped to improve my sound and free up my playing and I really feel like I am developing into my own musician and developing an individual voice as a violinist. As a result of my placements I have undertaken with the Welsh National Opera I have also now started to do extra work with the orchestra, recently playing in the first round of the Cardiff Singer of the World and playing for the final two concerts of the Welsh Proms which is an amazing thing to be able to add to my CV. I am really excited at the prospect of what next year might bring in terms of my individual development and freelance work and none of this would have been possible without the kind support of the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity.

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice

Stoke on Trent

Art Therapy is an important tool which is used at The Donna Louise, it allows the children, many of whom are non-verbal, to communicate their thoughts and emotions in a creative way.

 

It forms an integral part of their counselling approach; art is used as a distraction to help the child relax and to allow them to examine their feelings.

 

Often a child simply can’t put into words their feelings, so they feel more comfortable using pictures.

Donna Louise Children's Hospice Clive Sylvia Richards Charity
Donna Louise Children's Hospice
Donna Louise Children's Hospice

'Jacob'

 

From John Kyrle School, Ross on Wye - Slalom Kayaker! 

The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity has made a donation towards Jacob's costs of pursuing his love of canoeing. 

 

Hopefully one day he will be representing GB in this event.

Photographs published with the family's permission and subject to copyright.

Jacob John Kyrle School Kayaking
Jacob John Kyrle School Kayak

A Statement from Second Chance

The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity donation allowed us to deliver our life changing service, working with those youngsters from backgrounds of poverty, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, finding mutual ground with the kids, allowing us to guide them in to a life on the straight and narrow and where possible in full time education. The contribution allowed us to fulfill our mandate of 'changing the world, one child at a time'

Second Chance
Second Chance
Deafblind UK in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire magazine Open Hand
An award of £1,000 was made to Deafblind UK in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The image shows the magazine Open Hand being read.

12:05pm Wednesday 23rd December 2015

By Rebecca Cain | Hereford Times

A local couple who have donated more than £10 million to Herefordshire projects have given an early Christmas present to the city hospital.

Philanthropist Clive Richards and his wife Sylvia have bought a second CT scanner worth £250,000 for Hereford County Hospital.

The gift means reduced waiting times and patients will be able to have their scan and diagnosis more quickly.

The current scanner, which creates detailed images of the inside of the body, has been used around the clock but there have been delays when routine maintenance is required.

Mr Richards said: “The current scanner is desperately needed and there is a long waiting list.

“I have had several employees who haven’t had scans quick enough. Their cancer deteriorated to a point where treatment could have been given earlier if they had a scan.

“I have been a terribly lucky boy in my life and made a few bob. It’s nice to be able to give something back. Herefordshire has been very good to me, I am trying to pay back a little bit.”

Clive Sylvia Richards Charity new scanner hereford Hospital

 

 

Chance To Shine

A cricket project designed to bring the

sport to all children. 

 

The Charity committed £250,000 over

a 10 year period to support this initiative

which has proven to be very successful.

Chance to Shine cricket project
Chance to Shine cricket project
Chance to Shine cricket project
Chance to Shine cricket project
Chance to Shine cricket project
Chance to Shine cricket project
Chance to Shine cricket project

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Bishop Vesey Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

The Charity has supported BVGS in many of its new projects including a floodlit pitch, AstroTurf pitch, Music Room and a variety of refurbishment projects including the new 6th Form Block.

The donations and projects for this school over many years exceeds £1M.

This was the school where Clive Richards  received his education and he wanted to

'give something back' to those who helped him make a good start in his career.

The Charity has also supported numerous students in their endeavours in chess and sporting activities over the years.

Bishop Vesey Grammar School floodlights
The Clive Richards Music Centre
Bishop Vesey Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield