Published Sunday 19th January 2014

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.”

If you would like to make a donation to St Michael’s Hospice Redevelopment Appeal, please contact
Ruth Denison on 01432 851000 or visit