In 1867, Spurgeons was founded as a compassionate and distinctively Christian response to the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children in London. Motivated by their faith, Charles Haddon Spurgeon and his associates sought to provide shelter, education and a loving environment for the city's most vulnerable children.
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Today you will find us at the heart of communities – listening, learning and building trust to make a lasting difference. Our Christian faith remains an active and important motivation for the work we do. It forms the roots with which our peoples collective desire to help children and young people is linked to, regardless of their own beliefs.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon born
Charles Haddon Spurgeon was England’s best-known Baptist preacher. At 20 years old Spurgeon became pastor of London’s famed New Park Street Church.
As well as his preaching, Spurgeon was very passionate about helping disadvantaged street children in London.
Spurgeons charity was founded in 1867 when Anne Hillyard donated £20,000 to Charles Spurgeon, to be used to open an orphanage for boys
As a result Stockwell orphanage was opened in 1869
10 years later, girls were welcome to Stockwell orphanage. By the time the girls' dormitories were complete there were 500 children living here
Charles Spurgeon died
Even after Spurgeon's death, his work to improve the lives of children carried on in the orphanage. The children had special occasions to look forward to, such as Founder's day to celebrate the birth of Charles Spurgeon, Christmas, outings to the beach...
...and sports day!
They even had a visit from the Duchess of York, who later became the Queen Mother, for their Founder's day celebrations
When the Second World War had been announced in 1939 the children living at Stockwell orphanage had to be evacuated
The majority of the children were moved to St. David's in Reigate, Surrey
The children would occupy themselves during the war by looking after animals at St. David's
After the war, the children were unable to return to Stockwell Orphanage due to bomb damage. So the children briefly stayed at St. Davids, where they were able to enjoy activities again, such as joining the Scouts or Girls' Brigade
In 1951 the home in Birchington, Kent, was opened and became the new children's home for Spurgeons. By 1953 all of the children were relocated here
The home at Birchington was open until 1979 when children were sent to smaller homes or foster families
From 1991 Spurgeons carried out international work in Romania, Kenya, Nigeria and Moldova, which was passed onto other projects in 2011.
Today Spurgeons helps 37,071 children and young people and 78,643 parents and carers every year through its work with children’s centres, young carers, struggling families and families affected by the criminal justice system.
We hope that we continue to grow in the future and, with your help, we can help to support and help improve the lives of children, young people and families.