Dear Audrey and Helga,
In the National Children's Home General Report for the year ended 31 March 1952 to the Methodist Conference it states:-
Co-operation with Methodist Overseas
During the year the Principal (the Rev John W Waterhouse) paid a further visit to the United States as guest of the Methodist Board of Hospitals and Homes, to lecture on child welfare and to advise the Board on the establishment of its own training centres for house-parents. The Principal then undertook deputation work for some four weeks, mainly in Kansas, Texas, and Florida, and the Committee is much encouraged by the response of over $20,000 given to his appeal, and wishes to thank Methodists in the United States for their great generosity. Particular thanks are extended to Mr J J Perkins of Wichita Falls, Texas, whose splendid gift of £5,300 provided for the building of a children's house in the grounds of the Bristol Branch.
In the National Children's Home General Report for the year ended 31 March 1954 to the Methodist Conference it states:-
At Bristol, the Perkins House was dedicated during Coronation week and occupied in the autumn by children and Staff to whom much joy has been given through this wonderful gift from the United States.