St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal
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.