It is with great sorrow that we have heard the news that His Grace the Duke of Richmond and Gordon died on Friday evening, after a short illness.
Sussex Community Foundation was founded by The Duke in 2006 and he was our first chairman. Since 2006, the Foundation has paid out over £11 million in grants to smaller charities and community groups throughout Sussex, groups that are often otherwise overlooked. The Foundation now holds over £13 million in endowment funds for the perpetual benefit of the people of the county.
This success is due to the vision of The Duke and his initial drive and determination to establish the Foundation. The people of Sussex have benefitted hugely from his vision, compassion and commitment.
Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive of Sussex Community Foundation said: “The Duke of Richmond was an extraordinary and wonderful man. He had a strong faith and a commitment to use his position as Duke to make the world a better place and to help those less fortunate than himself. He inspired many people to do good for the community of Sussex, yet he always had a twinkle in his eye and a self-deprecating story to tell. It was an honour to work with him, but it was also great fun. He will be sorely missed but leaves a great legacy to our society.”
All of us at the Foundation send our condolences to his widow, the Dowager Duchess of Richmond & Gordon, and to the other members of the late Duke’s family.