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Find out more about the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

What is the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields?

For over 90 years the BBC and St Martin-in-the-Fields have partnered to raise support from Radio 4 listeners to help homeless and vulnerably housed people. In the last two years the Appeal has raised over £5 million. The money we raise directly supports people through The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields and across the UK through the Vicar’s Relief Fund (VRF) and the Frontline Network.

What is the Vicar’s Relief Fund?

The Vicar’s Relief Fund helps homeless and vulnerably housed people through small-sum, rapid response grants to prevent eviction, access accommodation or set up home. The average size of grant is £250, with grant requests usually processed within 1-3 days. Grants are given to individuals across the UK through frontline workers.

We will provide grants for:

  • Preventing eviction – Rent arrears, service charge arrears, Debt Relief Orders and bankruptcy fees or money to pay for a hoarding clean up.
  • Accessing accommodation – Rent deposits, rent in advance, admin fees, ID, or temporary accommodation costs.

What is the St Martin’s Frontline Network?

The St Martin’s Frontline Network exists to harness the ideas, energy and experience of those at the frontline working with homeless and vulnerably housed people. We do this by building relationships, sharing best practice, developing solutions and communicating the experience and views of the frontline.

The Frontline Network is based on the recognition that frontline workers are a key asset in tackling homeless and housing issues in the UK, and yet they can often be under-resourced in their organisations and their voices unheard by key decision-makers.

What is The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields?

The Connection is a London homelessness charity which supports people away from the streets through specialist services including: a day and night centre, street outreach, help finding employment, specialist mental health and addiction support.

How can I donate to the Christmas Appeal?

By phone
You can donate by ringing 0800 082 82 84 — which is free from landlines and mobiles.

Use a credit or debit card to make your donation, just by clicking DONATE NOW

By post
If you prefer to donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal and post it to:


Please note, no address details need to be added to the Freepost address – simply pop it in the post.

How much does the Appeal raise?

The Christmas Appeal has raised over £5,950,000 in the last two years.

About St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields is one of many iconic buildings by Trafalgar Square but, for those that know it better, it’s a national institution whose importance reaches across the world.

At the heart of St Martin-in-the-Fields is a welcoming, diverse and inclusive church community. Through its charities, its music and its broadcasting it reaches out across the globe. See the St Martin-in-the-Fields website for more information.