The Reverend Kenneth Leech

Trinity College was saddened to learn of the death of Old Member Kenneth Leech (1961), who set up the charity Centrepoint in 1969 to help homeless young people in London.

Kenneth Leech came to Trinity in 1961 to read Theology, having already experienced ministry to those in need in the East End while studying at King’s College, London. After completing his ordination training at St Stephen’s House, he returned to London, initially serving parishes in Hoxton and Soho, where poverty, racism and drug use where day-to-day issues. Ministering to those with social problems on the streets led him to set up the Soho Drugs Group and Centrepoint. Now a national charity, Centrepoint gives support to over 8,000 young people a year in London and the North East of England.

As rector of St Matthew’s, Bethnal Green, Kenneth Leech became closely involved with the Bangladeshi and Bengali communities around Brick Lane and was involved in protest marches and demonstrations against National Front and other extreme right-wing organisations. He later served as director of the Runnymede Trust, which promotes ethnic and racial harmony.

Kenneth Leech was a prolific writer and published widely. He retired to Ashton-under-Lyne, the town of his birth, where he died on 12 September 2015. An obituary has been published in the Daily Telegraph.


Posted: 1 October 2015