(21 September 1929 – 13 February 2018)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Ernest Hecht, OBE who passed away peacefully in hospital on 13 February 2018, after a short illness.

He was a philanthropist who, both privately and through the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation, supported scores of UK-registered charities; working to support or improve the lives of recipients through art, education, healthcare, literature, music and theatre.

In 2018, the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary and is justifiably proud of the terrific work that has been done over the years; making a real difference to many of the charities it has supported.

Ernest Hecht originally came to Britain from a Europe under the Nazi shadow. He founded Souvenir Press, an independent book publisher, which began trading in 1951 and remains resolutely independent today.  Ernest Hecht was a permanent, unchanging figure in the publishing world for over six decades.

Although his passing leaves a void in a great many lives, it was his fervent wish that his Foundation’s charitable endeavours be continued by the Trustees, who will now ensure that the work of the Foundation will go on.



Established in 2003, The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation provides financial and practical assistance with the aim of making a difference to people’s lives.

About the Foundation

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Charities Supported

For a more extensive list of charities supported, click here.