Luke Anthony, host of the Friday night editions of “Over to You “, spoke with Ramsey born and bred, Richard Hyde about the moment he told his family that he been informed by Buckingham Palace that he had been awarded the MBE for a life-time of charity work in Ramsey. The family were all together on Christmas Eve with a glass of champagne in their hands when Richard’s youngest son, Matthew, announced to the gathering that he has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his work with young people. Matthew has been the CEO of the Scout Association for 6 years and before that had been the CEO of the National Union of Students. Matt has been involved both professionally and as a volunteer in many charities and organisations dealing with the issues of young people. Much celebration took place and Richard decided not to spoil his son’s moment.
So, it was Christmas Day, with the family gathered again, that Richard announced that he too, had also received an invitation to visit the Palace this March to be presented with his MBE medal. Matthew thought his dad was joking, as this was the kind of prank his dad might play, until Richard proudly produced the official letter from his pocket proving his claim to be true.
Richard told Luke on the programme that he had spent his life being involved with charity work and has encouraged all of his 4 children to do the same. He was a founder member of the Ramsey Rotary which was started in 1969 and is still an active member. This year Richard was invited to be the Rotary president for their Golden Anniversary year, a post he could not resist. Together with his charity work with the Ramsey Rotary Club, Richard has served on many different notable committees in and around Ramsey town over the years, working with passionate people who were keen to serve their community. Richard has been involved in both Ramsey Methodist church and now St Thomas A Becket Anglican church where he is currently chairman of the Appeals Committee.