Bernard Lewis Family Charitable Trust

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The Bernard Lewis Family Charitable Trust (Reg no 1125035) was founded in 2008, and is controlled by the hugely wealthy Lewis family, best known as the owners of the River Island clothing stores. The family’s assets are held by the Lewis Trust Group, which is controlled by an offshore company registered in the Cayman Islands.

The Group also owns the investment company Cavendish Asset Management and has property holdings worth over £1 billion[1] including 13 hotels in Israel and three in the United States.[2]

Donations

Conservative Party

Recorded by the Electoral Commission:

Date Name of donor Amount Donated to Subsidiary (parties only)
11/03/2008 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Lewis Trust Group Ltd £2,000.00 Conservative Party Hove
31/03/2008 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Chelsea House £5,500.00 Conservative Party Central Party
30/03/2008 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Chelsea House £2,000.00 Conservative Party Burton
27/03/2008 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Lewis Trust Group Ltd £2,000.00 Conservative Party Stroud
27/03/2008 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Chelsea House £2,000.00 Conservative Party Cheltenham
06/03/2008 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Chelsea House £2,000.00 Conservative Party Brighton Kemptown
03/03/2008 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Lewis Trust Group Ltd £3,500.00 Conservative Party South Basildon and East Thurrock
20/04/2008 Lewis trust Group Ltd, Chelsea Houser £2,000.00 Conservative Party Stourbridge
05/04/2008 Lewis trust Group Ltd, Lewis Trust Group Ltd £2,000.00 Conservative Party West Worcestershire
10/04/2008 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Chelsea House £2,000.00 Conservative Party Burton
09/04/2008 Lewis trust Group Ltd, Lewis Trust Group Ltd £2,000.00 Conservative Party Staffordshire Moorlands
23/09/2008 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Chelsea House £2,000.00 Conservative Party Northampton North
19/01/2010 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Lewis Trust Group Ltd £2,000.00 Conservative Party Watford
31/03/2010 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Chelsea House £19,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
26/01/2010 Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Lewis Trust Group Ltd £2,000.00 Conservative Party Northampton North

[3]

Bernard Lewis has personally donated £40,000, Lewis chairs the Bernard Lewis Family Charitable Trust, which according to its latest accounts controls funds just short of £5 million.

Think tanks

The Trust donated £25,000 to the Centre for Social Cohesion in 2009 as well as donating £15,000 to Policy Exchange.[4]

Other

An affiliated family trust, the Catherine Lewis Foundation, which has funded Civitas, also donated £25,000 to the Traditional Alternatives Foundation in 2008/9.[5]

Trustees

Contact

Clive Lewis
River island Clothing Co
Chelsea House
West Gate
London
W5 1DR
Tel: 020 8991 4500

Notes

  1. Lewis Trust Group Ltd, Annual Report and Financial Statements made up to 31 December 2009, p.27.
  2. Lewis Trust Group Ltd... up to 31 December 2009, pp.3-4.
  3. Electoral Commission, Donation Search, accessed 2 March 2015
  4. Bernard Lewis Family Charitable Trust, Financial Statements 31 December 2009, p.9.
  5. Catherine Lewis Foundation Company Limited by Guarantee, Financial Statements 31 March 2009.