Reedham Children’s Trust

Reedham Children’s Trust

Reedham Children’s Trust provide life – changing help and support to some of the most vulnerable children in our country and we are delighted to introduce you to our charity , and its history .

In 1844 , the Asylum for Fatherless Children was founded by philanthropist Andrew Reed located in Richmond, and providing temporary accommodation for children . He was known as a kindly, caring man who believed in equality for all. In 1858 work started on a new orphanage in Purley and when completed the children were moved from the asylum to “the Home on the Hill” .

In 1904 the new building was named Reedham Orphanage and in 1950 , the orphanage became a school, and continued until closing in 1980 . The building was demolished and the land sold to fund what is now Reedham Children’s Trust . The Trust ’s offices are actually housed in the original entrance lodge to the Orphanage .

Reedham Station was opened by the South Eastern and Chatham Railway in 1911 . This enabled transportation to the orphanage, which in those days was out in the countryside to benefit the children. The area then became known as Reedham . During World War II , the school provided refuge for evacuated children from London

Andrew Reed had been very good at gaining the support of influential people, with support from City companies and the Stock Exchange, together with a Royal Patronage which the Trust now benefits from.

The new orphanage met the care of children from three months to fifteen years whose fathers had died. From the start, the school benefitted from the services of long – serving and conscientious headmasters. A combination of strong leadership , and a quality education, gave students a distinct advantage in gaining positions on leaving.

Today, Reedham Children’s Trust continues its important work, helping children who are growing up in families struggling with poverty, illness, disability and abuse. We raise funds to provide children with a place at a modern, nurturing boarding school to enable them to gain the stability and care they deserve in order to fulfil their potential. Here they no longer have to face the daily pressures of their chaotic home lives, but can still keep in contact with their families.  Children have the space to focus on their school work, to build strong relationships, and to enjoy simple things such as regular hot meals for the first time.


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