Charities and Associations
In conjunction with the Domesday Celebration in 1986, he founded The Northern Child Care Trust which raised funds for Hospital equipment. It continued until 1999.
For 20 Years, from 1982 until 2002, each year, James arranged and paid for, 200 underprivileged and handicapped children from all over the North West region to go to the Christmas pantomime. These were held mostly at the Palace Theatre and the Opera House in Manchester.
In 1985 he was invited to be the Patron of The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Research Equipment Fund. He remained its highly active Patron for twenty four years until 2008/9. He resigned when the fund closed following the death of its founder, Kath Smith BEM., and the closure of the Hospital in order to relocate it to Oxford Road in Manchester. During his Patronage the fund raised nearly two and a half million pounds for the Hospital.
He also assisted in the earliest foundation of 'Happy Days,' a children's charity based in Luton, Bedfordshire, which still continues to this day.
As a prominent person in the Crewe and Nantwich Constituency and Lord of the Manor, he continued to support many of the local charities and for a brief time was Governor of the village school.
Donation of 'Royal Charter Market Rights'
June 24th 2014. In an act of extreme generosity and public spiritedness, James Hadfield-Hyde donated his 'Royal Charter Market Rights' free and without encumbrance, to Alderley Edge Parish Council. The Rights were originally granted to one of his predecessors in title, Wakelyn de Arderne, by King Henry 111 on March 22nd 1254. James made a point of signing the gift of conveyance to the Council on March 22nd of this year. Seven hundred and sixty years to the very day after it was originally granted to his predecessor, although the actual handover ceremony took place this week in Alderley Edge Festival Hall. Receiving the Charter was Councillor Frank Keegan (Cheshire East Council) and leader of the Alderley Edge Parish Council, Councillor Mike Williamson.(alderleyedge.com) (Wilmslow Express. July 3rd 2014)
Historians believe the original market was held in the fields adjacent to St Mary's Church in Nether Alderley, but it failed due to the competition from the markets at Macclesfield and Knutsford.
"The village will benefit enormously in perpetuity thanks to James' generosity," said one Councillor.
James turned down a substantial offer for the market rights from an Asian stallholder business based in London. He believes that all the profits from running such a market should go back into the local community, and not into the pockets of people two hundred miles away. His only demand in exchange is that each Christmas the Parish Council makes a donation on behalf of the good people of Alderley Edge to The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where he was a Patron for so many years.