William Leech Fund

William Leech Fund

The William Leech Fund was set up within the Community Foundation following a valuable donation made which ensured that the Foundation was able to win the Caff Mott Challenge and secure $1,000,000 in matched endowment funding.

Sir William Leech set up his charity in 1972, to help volunteers from the North East, and also to support charitable projects which benefit primarily people of the North East.

The charity is administered by a panel of trustees, now with Richard Leech as Chairman, and each year awards nearly £400,000 in charitable grants and donations to a variety of worthy causes. 

The donation to the Community Foundation by William Leech, from his charity, ensures that people from the south of the region are able to benefit from his philanthropy.