Leon MacLaren showed great compassion to individuals when they sought his help. For those close to him he was also a most compassionate man, but as he was a man of no compromise he might have appeared severe and harsh to others.
For any one in trouble who sought his help he could not do enough and never spared effort, time or means. Many were in that way cured of illnesses and consoled in distress. Although some thought that he did not like women, the proof that he cared for them when in need was demonstrated by the following.
In the early 1980’s he collected a number of teenage girls: some of whom were orphaned, one had cerebral palsy and others were on the dangerous side of anorexia. He brought them to Waterperry House in Oxfordshire, where he lived, to keep a personal eye on them and with the help of his assistant he not only got them over their problems, but gave them an exceptional private education which equipped them for life. They have turned out to be healthy young people now with families of their own.