Putney charity celebrates 150th anniversary
In 2020 local charity St Christopher’s Fellowship is celebrating 150 years of creating brighter futures for children and young people.
They are inviting people to become part of their legacy by supporting their work over the coming year.
The charity started out as Homes for Working Boys in 1870, set up by three school friends to aid boys and young men who moved to London for work but struggled to support themselves. They merged with the Fellowship of St Christopher’s in 1967 with a renewed focus on providing safe homes for young people who could not live with their own families or were homeless.
Today, St Christopher’s is a provider of services and homes for children and young people in care. They offer children’s homes, supported housing and, foster homes as well as specialist outreach services for young people who are often overlooked by statutory help.
Their approach to working with young people focuses on bringing out their “inner diamond”. By helping young people to recognise their own talents, value and potential, they can build their self-confidence and support them to lead happy, successful lives, regardless of what has happened to them in the past.
Chief Executive Jonathan Whalley said: “Over the last 150 years St Christopher’s has changed thousands of lives. We want to continue this vital work, but we need support from the community to do it. Anything that the public can offer to support our mission is gratefully received.”
To support St Christopher’s or find out more about their work, visit www.stchris.org.uk/150th today.
January 1, 2020