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Foundation and History

The Besom was founded in 1987 by James Odgers, who left the law in London for Hong Kong to be part of a ministry (St Stephen's Society) caring for people coming out of heroin addiction. The chasm between those who had and those in need was profoundly struck home.


From this experience and insight, The Besom vision was formed:

Besom: To be a bridge between those who want to give money, time, skills, or things; and those in need.


There are now over 22 Besoms across the UK outworking the same principles and vision.


The word ‘Besom’ is found in one of the earliest Gospel editions, dating back to 1000 AD. It refers to a traditional broom made of twigs, also recorded by William Cowper in the 18th century in the sentence ‘Sweep thy soul clean with the besom...’ (Luke 11:25).