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  1. We are fortunate enough to have somewhere to live, which is one of the reasons why we support the St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal by making and selling Christmas puddings.

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  2. Sam Renke presents this week's appeal for the Brittle Bone Society The Radio 4 Appeal has got off to a flying start in 2012. The first four charities of the New Year have together raised over £50,000. So I just wanted to say a big thank you to our listeners. I also wanted to share ...

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  3. Ed's note: This is another amazing record year for the Christmas Appeal. Here's the latest news from Radio 4's Sally Flatman and Sophie Balaam from the Connection at St Martin's. Find out more about the appeal and you can still make a donation on the Radio 4 website - PM. Alison, one of th...

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  4. I had this slightly mad idea. I knew our slideshow A Step Away from Homelessness made for the Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal would be showing on BBC Big Screens all round the UK. The slide show is about life on the streets, how you become invisible and how it's often difficult ...

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  5. Ed's note: The Radio 4 Christmas Appeal starts this Sunday. You can hear from people helped by previous appeals in Sally's last blog post. Details of how to donate can be found here - PM If you phone us to give a donation on Sunday - we promise we won't play you music whilst you wait...

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  6. One young homeless woman tells me, when you are on the streets, it is as if the world is going on normally on the other side of the glass and if you could just take one step you could step back into that world. Another man who was homeless for over 20 years smiles: "That glass looks so thin ...

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  7. Last time I reported from the Radio 4 Appeal I'd been recording Ben Fogle for the Campaign for National Parks. Their broadcast goes out this Sunday and ties in with the charity's 75th anniversary. Richard Reed has been supporting the charity for over 50 years. This wonderful picture is of hi...

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  8. 'Within hours of our Sunday appeals, one of our local Home-Start's received a £1,000 cheque from an anonymous and generous supporter. A note was included saying "Heard you on the radio, thought you could do with this!" It's a really good example of the reach and impact our appeal is having. Than...

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  9. Editor's note. We've published several photographs from the homeless photographers group at St Martin-in-the-Fields since the Christmas Appeal started. This snowy scene by Blodeuwed really emphasises how hard this Winter has been for homeless people. If you haven't made a donation yet, you can d...

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  10. We were planning to update you on the Christmas Appeal as we did last year on the 12th day of Christmas but we couldn't resist sharing our news. We are almost at last year's record total of £900,000 and it is not yet even christmas and as you will see from the picture - there is still a lot of p...

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  11. Editor's note: Sally Flatman, producer of all the Radio 4 Appeal programmes, brings us news from St Martin's. Make your own donation to the appeal on the Radio 4 web site - SB. We've had an amazing start to this year's appeal - on Sunday, taking calls in London and Belfast from 8am till 10pm we...

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  12. You always feel nervous at 7.55am when you are waiting for the Vicar's Radio 4 Christmas Appeal to go out on air - will the phones really start ringing any second. But I need not have worried, our Radio 4 listeners don't let us down - they were ringing to give to this the 84th annual appeal all ...

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  13. Have you ever wondered who will be on the end of phone when you ring up to give to the Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal? Well if you hear the bells in the background you are through to the offices of St Martins in Trafalgar square where volunteers will answer the phones all day ...

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  14. Editor's note. You can make a donation to this year's Radio 4 Christmas Appeal on the St Martin-in-the-Fields web site - SB The service at St Martin-in-the-Fields for homeless people who have died in the past year never fails to move me. During the service the names of those who have died are r...

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  15. Editor's note: last year listeners gave over £1.5 Million to the weekly Radio 4 Appeals. Here, producer Sally Flatman highlights this week's appeal, from Muriel Gray - SB Please take 5 minutes to listen to Muriel Gray talking about a wonderful charity called Contact a Family. Listeners' donatio...

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  16. Last year the Radio 4 Appeal raised over £1.5 million for 52 different charities. For over 80 years, charities have had the chance to make a direct appeal to the listeners every Sunday morning. If we had kept an autograph book of the presenters over those decades - it would be a great read! A c...

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  17. 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 si...

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