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20081207

Libby Purves finds out how last year's BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal funds have been spent.

Libby Purves finds out how the money raised by listeners last year for the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal has been spent over the past 12 months.

More than 700,000 pounds was raised for St Martin-in-the-Fields's work with homeless people and those in urgent need across the UK.

2003120720031211

The Story Behind The Radio 4 Christmas Appeal: For the past seventy seven years, Radio 4 has broadcast an appeal at Christmas on behalf of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

The appeal raises money for their social care unit which helps the homeless in London, and the Vicar's Relief Fund which helps those in need across the country.

Presented by John Waite, this programme looks at how the 460,000 raised from last year's appeal has been spent.

This year the homeless centre has expanded, and now on the one site it offers support for young people aged between 16 and 24, as well as older people.

We will seek to reflect the age range and the experiences of young and old on the streets in this year's programme.

We also talk to those who have benefited from the Vicar's Relief Fund.

It's a unique fund which can give out a much needed grant to an individual within 24 hours.

Grants can range between 20 and 250, but they are always given to those in extreme need.

2004120520041209

The Story Behind the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

For over seventy years, Radio Four has broadcast an appeal at Christmas on behalf of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. The church has a long tradition of social work, stretching back to the First World War. The Connection at St Martin's helps thousands of homeless people, of all ages. St Martin's also helps many others in need, across the United Kingdom. John Waite meets some of those who benefited from last years appeal.

Donations:

St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal

Trafalgar Square

London

WC2N 4JJ

Or c/o: www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org

Credit cards: 0207 766 1125

The Story Behind the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal: John Waite finds out how the money is spent on London's homeless and those in need across the country. [Rpt of Sun 9.45am]

2005120420051208

The Story Behind the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal: John Waite sees how Christmas appeal beneficiary St Martin-in-the-Fields helps London's homeless.

[Rptd today 5.40pm, Thu 3.45pm]

[Rpt of 9.45am]

The Story Behind the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

For over 70 years, Radio 4 has broadcast an appeal at Christmas on behalf of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

The church has a long tradition of social work, stretching back to the First World War.

The Connection at St Martin's helps thousands of homeless people, of all ages.

St Martin's also helps many others in need, across the United Kingdom.

John Waite meets some of those who benefited from last year's appeal.

2006120320061207

The story behind the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

For 80 years, listeners have supported this traditional Christmas appeal for the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. The church has a long tradition of social care, stretching back to the First World War.

The Connection at St Martin's helps thousands of homeless people of all ages. The church also helps many others in need across the UK. Some of those who benefited from last year's appeal tell their stories to John Waite

For 80 years, radio listeners have supported this traditional Christmas appeal for the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. The church has a long tradition of social care, stretching back to the First World War.

The Connection at St Martin?s helps thousands of homeless people, of all ages. St Martin's also helps many others in need, across the UK. John Waite meets some of those who benefited from last year's appeal.

20071202

Last year, listeners raised over three quarters of a million pounds for the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal for St Martin-in-the-Fields. The Connection at St Martin's gives homeless people food, shelter and practical guidance. The Appeal also enables thousands of individual grants to be made to people in urgent need across the United Kingdom. Libby Purves finds out how the money was spent and hears the stories of those who benefited.

20071206

Last year, listeners raised over three quarters of a million pounds for the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal for St Martin-in-the-Fields. The Connection at St Martin's gives homeless people food, shelter and practical guidance. The Appeal also enables thousands of individual grants to be made to people in urgent need across the United Kingdom. Libby Purves finds out how the money was spent and hears the stories of those who benefited.

{Rpt of Sun 9.45am]

20081211

Libby Purves finds out how the money raised by listeners last year for the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal has been spent over the past 12 months. More than 700,000 pounds was raised for St Martin-in-the-Fields's work with homeless people and those in urgent need across the UK.

2009120620091210

Libby Purves hears the stories of people helped by the 2008 Radio 4 Christmas Appeal.

Libby Purves finds out how the money raised by listeners for the 2008 BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal has been spent over the past 12 months.

For 82 years, listeners have supported this appeal for the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, who use the money to transform the lives of thousands of homeless and vulnerable people across the UK.

Homelessness strips you of everything: your home, your friends and family, your identity.

Libby Purves hears how people have been helped to regain their identity - sometimes literally being given a new copy of their birth certificate - thanks to the funds raised by the 2008 appeal.

She meets a teacher, a market trader and a builder, and hears from them how homelessness can happen to anyone.

You can give to this year's BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal by calling 0800 082 82 84.

Or by sending a cheque made payable to the St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal to:

6 St Martin's Place, London,WC2N 4JJ.

(If you give your name and address they will be able to Giftaid your donation.)

Or you can give online at www.smitf.org/christmas.