The BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal raises money to transform the lives of homeless and vulnerable people across the UK.
For 87 years, donors to the Christmas Appeal have helped St Martin-in-the-Fields care about the things that matter in the lives of people who are struggling with homelessness or poverty.
Half of the money raised goes to the St Martin-in-the-Fields Vicar’s Relief Fund, which gives emergency grants to people in extreme financially hardship. With a special focus on people who have been homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, we get grants to the people that need it fast – sometimes within hours of the application being received.
One person who was helped was Helen from Nottingham. What mattered to her was having somewhere she could call her own after a long period in rehabilitation. A grant from the Vicar’s Relief Fund helped her buy the essentials she needed to equip her home, like a toaster and a fridge.
The other half of the money supports The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields which supports thousands of homeless people every year. By providing training and career advice, activity programmes and specialist support, The Connection helps give people the skills and confidence they need to rebuild their lives.
People like John, who suffered from mental health problems after his wife died and he was left to bring up his son. The Connection found him a hostel and, through the Workspace programme, helped him into a job which is enabling him to restart his life away from the streets.
We need your support to carry on caring about the things that matter to people like Helen and John. Please donate now, either online or by calling us on 0800 082 82 84.
Explore the Christmas Appeal further and hear more voices from people who have been helped at www.bbc.co.uk/christmasappeal.
If you want to make a donation to the Christmas Appeal for someone else as a present, download this card to let them know.
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