Clar­ion hosts mo­ti­va­tional speaker for char­ity event

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More than 50 busi­ness peo­ple from across Leeds came to­gether to hear mo­ti­va­tional speaker Richard McCann.

Mr McCann re­turned to his home city to ex­plain how he has over­come some of life’s tough­est chal­lenges at the event hosted by law firm Clar­ion.

Dur­ing his 2,494th pre­sen­ta­tion, he shared his story in sup­port of the Leeds Fund, a char­i­ta­ble ini­tia­tive man­aged by Leeds Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion.

Mr McCann had a tough child­hood and had been on the so­cial ser­vices “at risk” reg­is­ter since he was born.

He lost his mother at the age of six, when she be­came the first vic­tim of the York­shire Rip­per, Peter Sut­cliffe.

Mr McCann was put into care. He sub­se­quently had prob­lems with drugs and spent time in prison.

How­ever, he de­cided to turn his life around and is now a mo­ti­va­tional speaker, ad­dress­ing au­di­ences all over the world. He has also pub­lished four books about his life.

“When you look at some­one you can’t tell what they’ve been through or what they’re ca­pa­ble of. We all have our own per­sonal tragedies and chal­lenges, but the im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber when­ever you’re at a low pe­riod is that it will be fol­lowed by an up,” he said.

“I de­cided that I could step out of my com­fort zone and achieve what­ever I wanted. I had coun­selling for over two years and it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple aren’t afraid to ask for help.

“Hav­ing a pos­i­tive mind­set is a choice and if I can over­come the things I’ve been through, you can too – never un­der­es­ti­mate your po­ten­tial.”

The event, which raised £1,100 for the Leeds Fund, was the first in a sec­ond se­ries of Leeds To­gether events. Clar­ion part­ner Jus­tine Os­moth­er­ley said: “It was in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing to hear Richard speak about his strug­gles and how he over­came real hard­ship to suc­ceed in life.

“It pro­vided a real sense of per­spec­tive whilst also high­light­ing how, with the right help and sup­port, any­one can reach their full po­ten­tial.

“Ini­tia­tives like the Leeds Fund, sup­ported by events like this one, are do­ing just this kind of work – help­ing to lift up our com­mu­ni­ties and the most vul­ner­a­ble within them.”

TOUGH TALK­ING: Richard McCann, fore­ground, spoke about a pos­i­tive mind­set.

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