Thursday 3 December 2009, 11:08
At 0800 every day (0900 on Saturday) you'll find a small group of people at morning prayer in the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields at Charing Cross.
Amongst the worshippers you'll see homeless men and women from The Connection at St Martin's, an independent homeless charity operating on the site of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. They offer practical advice, care and support to homeless people from all over the country, of all ages and all walks of life. This year alone over 5,000 homeless people accessed their services.
The poem in the slideshow above was written by Jamie, a young homeless man who's a member of The Connection's writing group.
And in this recording, you'll hear the Vicar of St Martin's talking about his preparation for the annual appeal and how he turns to the regulars at morning prayer for stories to use in the appeal programme itself - like Ben the gambler and the silent, angry man who can't bring himself to talk to anyone:
Sally Flatman is Producer of the BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal
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