Talkin 'bout some revolutions!

As many of you will know, Leathers LLP are raising money for the William Wates Memorial Trust, a charity which was founded by the Wates family to celebrate the life of their young son William who was killed whilst travelling in South America. The charity seeks to assist disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime and violence, and fulfill their potential.

Our fund-raising efforts were bolstered by our Charity Dinner last Thursday at Newcastle Falcons where over 120 guests were entertained by Barry James, Michael Leather and our guest speaker, Dame Sarah Storey. Various fund raising activities during the night helped us to raise over £5,000 which is a fantastic contribution towards our target and thanks to everyone who bought tickets for the dinner, entered our “helmets and saddles” game or bid for items in the auction.

Over the weekend though I reflected on how lucky most of us are to be in a position where we can rely on the support of our professional friends and colleagues to support fund raising activities such as this.

Those in business carry many responsibilities. Responsibilities to our families in creating wealth for them and maintaining a work/life balance; responsibilities to our employees to provide them with interesting and rewarding careers; responsibilities to customers to deliver and to suppliers to pay them when agreed, to name but a few.

There is of course the wider responsibility to society as a whole. Some will say that the burden of responsibility on business is already wide enough and that society benefits as a result of the large number of people that any business will reach each day. It seems to me though that business should be able to do so much more rather than simply reach those who are less fortunate than us in an indirect manner.

I am pleased to note that over my career, many businesses have recognised that their approach to “corporate social responsibility” needs to change and there are many great examples throughout the region. For those who have not yet adopted a cause to support, I would urge you to do so. Not only will you be doing some good for those less fortunate, the indirect business benefits can be significant in terms of team-building, organisation, delegating responsibility and the like.

Leathers fund-raising efforts continue. You can support us by donating at:

You can follow the efforts of Michael Leather, Barry James, and Neil Matthews in their Tour de Force 2017 challenge at

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