Its former CEO Anthony Lawton says the charity was inspired, not named after, the office tower Centre Point
Contrary to the assertion in your report (The Height of Luxury…, 9 June), the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint was not “named after” the office tower Centre Point so much as inspired by it. In the early 2000s, the Rev Ken Leech, the activist vicar of St Anne’s in Soho in the late 1960s, told me the actual origin of the name.
He and a group of parishioners were active campaigners for social housing and against homelessness and commercial property speculation. Greatly exercised also about drug-taking and homeless young people in Soho, they were planning an emergency night shelter in the vicarage basement and casting around for a name.