Our History – The Ryder Cheshire Foundation

The great philanthropists Leonard Cheshire and Sue Ryder met in the mid 1950’s and on 5 April 1959 they married in India and spent what most people would call a honeymoon setting up a home for destitute people with leprosy.  This became the Raphael Centre and was the first project of the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation. The Foundation’s aim was to take on projects which did not quite fall within the remit of either of their own larger Foundations.

The Ryder Cheshire Foundation went on to run disability and tuberculosis projects in India, Nepal, and Tanzania.  In the mid 1980’s it set up the Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers scheme in the UK which is now an independent charity called Enrych, and there are still Ryder-Cheshire Foundations in Australia and New Zealand. Target TB also grew out of the Foundation, with our own charity being set up in 2003. In fact, we still support the original Raphael Centre to this day.
The Ryder Cheshire Foundation finally wound-up its own operations in 2010 and the trustees of the Board decided that any future legacy income is to be split equally between the two emergent charities, Target Tuberculosis and Ryder Cheshire Volunteers (now Enrych).


We are particularly grateful for the legacies which the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation received from their supporters and which have helped us to launch our own TB programmes. You can choose to remember Target TB in your own will so that your own contribution to fighting this terrible disease can continue after your death.

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