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Who We Are

"I tell you the truth. Whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25:40

Why do we do this?

We have a passion to see every Christian having an intentional involvement with those who need help in our society because, when we read the bible, that is what we see Jesus doing. We exist to help enable members of churches in the Ashtead, Leatherhead and Epsom area to connect with and help those in need and to see transformation in those who give and receive.

We don't fund-raise or ask for specific items. When there is a need, we pray for God's provision.

Why are we called
"The Besom"?

The name Besom derives from a broom made of twigs; hence Besom's strap line of "sweep away suffering."

About The Besom

The Besom was founded by James Odgers in 1987. Early in that year, James left the practice of law in London to go to Hong Kong where he served in a Christian ministry involved with heroin addicts. What particularly affected him there was not so much the absolute levels of human need and poverty that he encountered but the ever widening gap that exists between those of us who have and can give and those who are in need. On the plane leaving Hong Kong in September 1987, James wrote the original mission statement for Besom - that it should provide a bridge between those who want to give money, time, skills or things, and those who are in need.

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