The history of Tod Support

Tod Support administers funds from two charities, Abraham Ormerod (charity number 252036) and Todmorden War Memorial Fund (charity number 219673).

Tod Support has had previous names, most recently it was Todmorden Emergency Support and prior to that Todmorden Welfare Trust.

Abraham Ormerod Trust

The gravestone of Abraham Ormerod and his wife Susan
The gravestone of Abraham Ormerod and his wife Susan

Abraham Ormerod was a wealthy Todmorden cotton mill owner who died aged 74 in 1927. Susan, his wife, had died two years earlier and they had no children. In his will, Abraham Ormerod left much of his estate to help people in need in the town.

Abraham’s money is still helping people in Todmorden today and is one of the 2 funds administered by Tod Support.

He is buried in Christ Church grave yard Vault Row 12, number 6

Abraham Ormerod’s listing on

Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre
A black and white photograph from the opening of Abraham Ormerod medical centre, a podium is visible in front of the main entrance and the street is packed full of local people.
Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre, Todmorden

Abraham’s estate also funded the building of the Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre on the site where Aldi supermarket now is. Ridgefoot Mill, one of the Ormerod mills, was previously on the site.

The medical centre was opened by the Princess Royal on 23rd July 1938, the first time a member of the Royal Family had visited Todmorden.

The Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre closed in 2004 and the site was eventually sold with the money raised put into the Abraham Ormerod Healthcare Charity managed by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity.

Todmorden War Memorial Fund

A photograph of Todmorden's Garden of Remembrance on a sunny day
Garden of Remembrance

The Garden of Remembrance was opened on 7th October 21 to commemorate the 659 men from Todmorden who died during World War 1. In addition, a War Memorial Fund was set up to support families of men who had died or soldiers and sailors who had been injured. At the end of the Second World War another similar fund was set up and the money from the two funds eventually combined. The fund is now administered by Tod Support to help people in need in Todmorden.