Remembering Spurgeons House Parent Rose

Remembering Spurgeons House Parent Rose

Old Scholar Hilary Salisbury has let us know that sadly her mother, Rose Beerensson, has passed away.

Rose and her husband Ralph moved Birchington to become House Parents with Spurgeons in 1959. Hilary says, ‘They were in Brooklands House for most of their time, moving into what used to be the sick bay, with the last few children that remained when the homes were relocating. I’m not sure exactly when that was but I think around 1977!’

Rose spent her final days in a care home in Birchington. Following her funeral, there was a service at Birchington Baptist church to celebrate her life. Hilary and her family asked for donations in memorium to Spurgeons in lieu of flowers. Hilary says, ‘This is what we think Mum would have wanted.’

Thank you, Hilary. We are truly touched and very grateful for your support, and for all your mother did for the vulnerable children of her day.

Spurgeons Old Scholars

Old Scholars are those supporters who spent some of their childhood living at Spurgeons Children’s Homes in Birchington and Reigate.
We encourage alumni to keep in touch with us and share their memories. Read more about our heritage and Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Gifts that keep on giving

Would you like to make a gift in memory of a loved one to support more families needing our help? Or perhaps you’d like to know how leaving a legacy of love will help future generations of vulnerable children and young people to have a hope-filled life?

To find out more, contact Karen Logan at 01933 412412 or email