Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

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Reverend Nicholas Holtam, vicar of St Martin-In-the-Fields, with the traditional Radio 4 Christmas Appeal on behalf of the church's social work in the capital and nationwide.

[Rpt of today 7.55am]

Making A Difference2014120720141212 (R4)

Aasmah Mir reports on how the money from the 2013 appeal has been spent.

Aasmah Mir reports on how the money from last year's Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin in-the-Fields has been spent on changing the lives of homeless people through the work of The Connection at St Martin's, and how instances of homelessness around the country have been averted through grants from the Vicars Relief Fund.

Making A Difference20151206
Making A Difference20151206

Aasmah Mir reports on how the money from the 2014 appeal has been spent.

Aasmah Mir reports on how the money from last year's Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin in-the-Fields has been spent on changing the lives of homeless people through the work of The Connection at St Martin's, and how crisis grants from the Vicar's Relief Fund have helped secure housing or have kept vulnerable people in accommodation all around the UK.

Received With Thanks
Received With Thanks20101205

Libby Purves on the 2009 Radio 4 Christmas Appeal.

To give this year call 0800 082 82 84.

To give to this year's appeal call: 0800 082 82 84.

Or donate online via the Radio 4 website.

Or send cheques payable to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ

"It's very easy to fall into the gutter, very difficult to climb out" Alf Welton has spent many years on the streets, for him St Martin's is a lifeline "without it I'm not sure I would have survived".

For over 80 years Radio 4 listeners have supported the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, last year this appeal raised a record £900,000.

The money helps homeless people who receive shelter, food, help and advice at the Connection at St Martins and it maintains a special fund which makes thousands of one off grants to people in need across the UK.

One 81 year old listener tells how she first heard the appeal on the radio when she was 16 years old.

She gave her pocket money 2/6 and has continued to give ever since: "they spoke about homelessness and it touched a spot".

This year you can get a very personal view of life on the streets thanks to a photography project, which has encouraged homeless clients to take pictures of their world.

Ben Richardson who runs the group says: "homelessness is a very lonely situation" looking at the photographs that have come he says "I realised that I work with homeless people but I don't live in their world and that's the gift of these photos for me and others."

One of the photographers is a young man called Jamie Winter.

He has alienated himself from the world for several years, often silent, sleeping rough.

His revealing photographs combine words and pictures.

You can see an audio slideshow of his work on the Radio 4 website..the last photo reads: 'I'm still here'.

Received With Thanks20101209

Libby Purves on the 2009 Radio 4 Christmas Appeal.

To give this year call 0800 082 82 84.

Received With Thanks20111204

Libby Purves on the 2010 Radio 4 Christmas Appeal.

To give this year, call 0800 082 82 84.

To give to this year's appeal call: 0800 082 82 84.

Or donate online via the Radio 4 website.

Or send cheques payable to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ

"It's easy to walk in your home town when you're a success, but when things are not going your way you want to be somewhere where nobody knows anything about you." Ben, formerly a project manager in construction from Glasgow, found himself homeless in London for the first time: "I had no sleeping bag, I had no skills, I'd lived an ordinary life." He is one of the many people who have been helped by the Christmas Appeal this past year.

He received shelter, food, help and advice at the Connection at St Martins.

For 85 years radio listeners have been giving to this St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal.

The money also maintains a special Vicar's Relief fund which makes thousands of one off grants to people in need across the UK.

It might be a grant to help someone secure a tenancy and prevent homelessness or money for a family needing basic furniture - a bed, a cooker as they move from a hostel into temporary accommodation.

Received With Thanks2011120920111230

To give to this year's appeal call: 0800 082 82 84. Or donate online via the Radio 4 website. Or send cheques payable to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ

"It's easy to walk in your home town when you're a success, but when things are not going your way you want to be somewhere where nobody knows anything about you." Ben, formerly a project manager in construction from Glasgow, found himself homeless in London for the first time: "I had no sleeping bag, I had no skills, I'd lived an ordinary life." He is one of the many people who have been helped by the Christmas Appeal this past year. He received shelter, food, help and advice at the Connection at St Martins. For 85 years radio listeners have been giving to this St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal. The money also maintains a special Vicar's Relief fund which makes thousands of one off grants to people in need across the UK. It might be a grant to help someone secure a tenancy and prevent homelessness or money for a family needing basic furniture - a bed, a cooker as they move from a hostel into temporary accommodation.

Libby Purves on last year's Radio 4 Christmas Appeal. To give this year call 0800 082 8284

Libby Purves on the 2010 Radio 4 Christmas Appeal.

To give this year, call 0800 082 82 84.

Received With Thanks2012120220121207

Libby Purves on how the money from last years appeal has helped homeless and vulnerable people across the UK. To give to this year's appeal call: 0800 082 82 84. Or donate online via the Radio 4 website. Or send cheques payable to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ.

Libby Purves on the 2011 Radio 4 Christmas Appeal. To give this year call 0800 082 8284.

Received With Thanks2013120120131206

Libby Purves on how the money from the 2012 appeal has helped homeless and vulnerable people across the UK. To give call 0800 082 8284 or donate online at the Radio 4 website.

Received With Thanks20131201

News of the 2012 Radio 4 Christmas Appeal. To give this year call 0800 082 8284.

Libby Purves on how the money from the 2012 appeal has helped homeless and vulnerable people across the UK. To give call 0800 082 8284 or donate online at the Radio 4 website.

St Martin-in-the-fields Christmas Appeal20111204

The St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal.

Give on 0800 082 82 84 or Radio 4 website.

To give to this years appeal call: 0800 082 82 84.

Or donate online via the Radio 4 website.

Or send cheques payable to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ

This will be the 85th year that St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, has had a radio appeal at Christmas.

Last year this appeal raised a over a million pounds.

The Vicar of St Martins said at the time: "we're standing on the shoulders of lots of people who've done this before and we've reached a million pounds - it is extraordinary." The money helps homeless people who arrive in London from all over the UK, and receive shelter, food, help and advice at the Connection at St Martins.

As Ben who's from Glasgow says: "It's easy to walk in your home city when you're a success, but when things are not going your way you want to be somewhere where nobody knows anything about you." The Christmas Appeal also maintains a special Vicar's Relief fund which makes thousands of one-off grants to people in need around the country.

So a homeless family in Cardiff who were moving with their month old baby from a hostel to unfurnished temporary accommodation received a grant to buy bedding and a bed.

St Martin-in-the-fields Christmas Appeal20111208

The St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal.

Give on 0800 082 82 84 or Radio 4 website.

St Martin-in-the-fields Christmas Appeal2012120220121206

To give to this years appeal call: 0800 082 82 84. Or donate online via the Radio 4 website. Or send cheques payable to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ.

The St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal. Give on 0800 082 8284 or Radio 4 website.

St Martin-in-the-fields Christmas Appeal 20132013120120131205

The Revd Dr Sam Wells makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of the Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal.

Reg Charity:261359

To Give:

- Freephone 0800 082 82 84.

- Send a cheque to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ

- Or donate online via the Radio 4 website

The BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal is now in its 87th year. The money raised from this annual appeal supports work with homeless and vulnerable people across the UK, through the work of The Connection at St Martin's and the Vicar's Relief Fund. You can hear how last years donations were spent by listening to Libby Purves in Received with Thanks.

St Martin-in-the-fields Christmas Appeal 201320131201

The St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal. Give on 0800 082 8284 or Radio 4 website.

The Revd Dr Sam Wells makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of the Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal.

Reg Charity:261359

To Give:

- Freephone 0800 082 82 84.

- Send a cheque to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ

- Or donate online via the Radio 4 website

The BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal is now in its 87th year. The money raised from this annual appeal supports work with homeless and vulnerable people across the UK, through the work of The Connection at St Martin's and the Vicar's Relief Fund. You can hear how last years donations were spent by listening to Libby Purves in Received with Thanks.

St Martin-in-the-fields Christmas Appeal 20142014120720141211 (R4)

The Rev Dr Sam Wells makes the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal for St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Reg Charity:261359

To Give:

- Freephone 0800 082 82 84.

- Make a cheque to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, and send it to FREEPOST St Martin's Christmas Appeal.

- Or donate online via the Radio 4 website.

The BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal is now in its 88th year. The money raised from this annual appeal supports work with homeless and vulnerable people across the UK, through the work of The Connection at St Martin's and the Vicar's Relief Fund.

St Martin-in-the-fields Christmas Appeal 201520151206
St Martin-in-the-fields Christmas Appeal 201520151206

The Rev Dr Sam Wells makes the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal for St Martin-in-the-Fields.

The Revd Dr Sam Wells makes the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal on behalf of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Reg Charity:261359

To Give:

- Freephone 0800 082 82 84.

- Send a cheque to FREEPOST St Martin's Christmas Appeal. Cheques should be made payable to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal.

- Or donate online via the Radio 4 website.

The BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal is now in its 89th year. The money raised from this annual appeal supports work with homeless and vulnerable people across the UK, through the work of The Connection at St Martin's and the Vicar's Relief Fund.

(Photo credit: Marc Gascoigne).