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The work of Charles Thompson’s Mission was founded in the late 19th Century by Charles Thompson. He wanted to alleviate the sad condition of the children who were in a state of poverty in those days. He loved children, 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 the good news of Jesus Christ. On 9th January 1892, he opened Charles Thompson’s Mission in Birkenhead. People from all over the Wirral including shops, businesses and individuals contributed to the work either with monetary gifts or by donating food, clothes and toys.

Charles Thompson's Mission Building

This would then be distributed to the poor and needy.

Following his death in 1903, Charles Thompson’s daughter, Annie Thompson continued 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, Mr Bernie Frost.


Bernie and a big team volunteers continue to serve the people who visit day-to-day.  Monday to Sunday, we provide hot drinks and food (soups, curries, stews and cooked breakfasts) to anyone who comes through our doors, with a particular service to the homeless from 7am-9am. We give out free clothing, toiletries, bedding and household items, as well as provide access to medical services throughout the week. Our midweek Bible service is popular as is our monthly all-age Sunday service, and we have group for people who want to explore Christian matters further. We take folk on free day trips (Southport, Steam railways, Llandudno to name a few) and subsidise children’s places on Summer Christian camp.

Ultimately, we want to see lives transformed by the gospel and help people take practical steps out of poverty.