The work of Charles Thompson’s Mission was founded in the late 19th Century by Charles Thompson. It was started by him to try and alleviate the sad condition of the children who were in a state of poverty in those days. He loved boys and girls, and this love stemmed from his love of the Lord Jesus Christ. In helping anyone he could who was in need, he would seek to tell them of the Saviour. On the 9th January 1892 he opened Charles Thompson’s Mission in Birkenhead. Kind people from all over the Wirral, including different shops, businesses and individuals contributed to the work either by monetary gifts or by donating food, clothes and toys. This would be distributed to the poor and needy.
Following his death in 1903, Charles Thompson’s daughter, Annie Thompson continued with the work. Like her father she was greatly loved and respected and in 1953 went on to be awarded an OBE for her services to the people of Birkenhead.
The work continues today with the Centre Manager being Mr Bernie Frost. He, along with, his assistant John Pemberton and Debbie Withers, and volunteers continue to receive into the Mission clothing, food, particular need of them with no charge being made in any way. Also on a daily basis, Monday to Friday, we provide hot food in the mornings, soup and sandwiches in the afternoons and endless cups of tea for the homeless or any needy person. As in the early days we still take the adults who come to the Mission on free outings and the children on a free holiday to Barstondale Camp.
The need is still there even in these days of plenty although not as great as it was. Yet in it all the aim is the same, to help anyone in need and tell the of the love of God.