Ernest Childs lived much of his life in Woking, Surrey. The son of a builder, he entered the family business on leaving school and later formed his own building and construction company. He and his wife Hettie moved to Eastbourne in the early 1960’s where they remained for the rest of their lives.
Ernest was raised in a Christian family environment and worshipped with the Christian Brethren movement. As his business prospered, he decided to form a Christian Charitable Trust with the specific aim of supporting Christian work that was dear to his heart. He and his wife Hettie were the founding member of the trust (Childs Charitable Trust) in 1962. He was greatly encouraged in the work of the Trust by the late Sir John Laing. Ernest became an active member of both the J.W Laing Trust and Stewards Company Limited in his lifetime.
The Trust has grown enormously since those early days. Both Ernest and Hettie outlived most of the other founding Trustees and new Trustees were subsequently appointed to continue the work of the Trust.
The work of CCT now supports a wide variety of Evangelistic, Educational and Humanitarian work both at home and overseas.
Ernest passed into the presence of his Lord on 18th October 1993, aged 86 years, his wife Hettie joined him on 16th December 1998, aged 96 years.