The John Slater Foundation
John Slater was born on 6 April 1889. He was a native of Adlington, Lancashire and attended the National School.
In 1906, when only 17 years of age, he was selected to play football for Bolton Wanderers, being one of the youngest players in first class football – a record which probably stands today! When his football career was flagging he set up a coal merchants business with the benefit of a loan of £200 from his uncle.
In the following few years he had a meteoric rise and became a major industrialist
of his day. He was involved in the cotton, pottery and shipping businesses and moved
to Cheadle, near Stoke, where at 28 he won a seat on Stafford County Council. He
won an important by-
His widow, Elizabeth and his only child Irene, established the John Slater Foundation in 1964. Over those years the Foundation has donated a total of approximately £4.5m to a range of charities associated with worthy causes and also largely financed the building of the Elizabeth Ann, a lifeboat for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Read a recent article on John Slater from the PFA website.
The Committee of the Foundation is presently:
Christopher J Saunders OBE (Chairman)
Christopher J Band
Richard Thompson, HSBC Trust Company (UK) Limited
The Foundation is presently fully committed to its programme of giving and unfortunately is not able to receive any further new requests of any nature at this time.
Should this situation change an appropriate announcement will be made on this website.