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Together in a safe, warm place?

At Christmas we celebrate hope and joy as we share in the festive season with family and friends. However, Spurgeons works with many families who don’t feel this joy, there are many children who live in poor and cramped conditions, children who do not have a safe, warm place to celebrate Christmas.

Did you know...

1.6 million children in the UK live in severe poverty and are living in homes that are too cold in the winter

56,231 children in the UK on child protection registers or the subject of child protection plans (identified as needing protection from abuse)

62% of people believe that Christmas is a time when we should be generous to people less fortunate than ourselves

Every child, every day, deserves somewhere safe and warm to call home. Your donation will ensure families living in difficult situations can be together in a safe, warm place this Christmas.

It may sound simple. But to do this we need your support.

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Every family deserves to celebrate Christmas together in a secure home.

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Your donation will be used to fund our range of work with
children and young people throughout the UK to support where
the need is greatest

We've been helping children and their families for almost 150 years

We know that but for the generosity of one woman, the passion and drive of one man and the Christian faith that they shared, we would not be changing young lives today.

With a gift of £20,000 from Anne Hillyard, an Anglican priest's widow, Charles Haddon Spurgeon was able to realise the vision to ‘do more for the Lord in this great city' and opened the first Spurgeons orphanage to care for ‘fatherless children' of his day in 1867.

When our last home closed in 1979, partnerships with churches and local authorities enabled us to develop our work with vulnerable children and their families in disadvantaged communities.

And that's where you'll find us today. At the heart of communities – listening, learning and building relationships to make a lasting difference.

Our work has changed considerably since the start but our motivation has remained the same. We journey with children and their families to help them to find long-lasting solutions to the difficulties and challenges they face. We now deliver almost 100 high-quality services supporting over 50,000 children and young people and their families each year.

Many people of faith from the Baptist and other denominations or traditions, continue to help us honour the legacy of Charles Haddon Spurgeon and Anne Hillyard. On behalf of the children and families we support – our heartfelt thanks.

Learn more about our work:

Young Carers | Families & Criminal Justice | Teenage Parents |Children's Centres | Family Support