St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal

St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal

Charity information

St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal

The 2010 BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal will be our 85th appeal. The money raised supports the work of The Connection at St Martin's and the Vicar's Relief Fund.

Founded 1927

  • Mission statement

    During the First World War, St Martin-in-the-Fields became “the church of the ever-open door”, providing a place of rest and support to troops leaving for and returning from the Western Front. In peacetime, the church continued to be a focus for those in need from all over the country. In 1924, the first radio broadcast of a church service was made from St Martin’s. In 1927, Revd Dick Sheppard made the first Christmas Appeal from the pulpit, broadcast on the BBC Home Service. Thanks to the BBC, each year since then, the Vicar of St Martin’s has made a radio appeal to support our work. The Christmas Appeal is the world’s longest running broadcast charity appeal.

    The money raised by the Christmas Appeal is divided between The Connection at St Martin’s and the Vicar's Relief Fund. The grant from the Appeal underpins the provision of The Connection's core services for the 6000 homeless people who come to them during the year. For many homeless people, their contact with The Connection is a catalyst for change: with support, they begin to see choices and opportunities, and make decisions which move their lives from chaos and uncertainty to something more stable and sustainable. The Vicar’s Relief Fund makes small grants to individuals and families in need across the UK, many at risk of becoming homeless or with experience of being homeless.

  • Aims

    St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal aims to:

    • To prevent homelessness
    • To support people who are homeless
    • To help people who have been homeless to establish or maintain a tenancy
  • Overview

    Established: December 1927

    Registered Charity Number: 261359

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 2

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 100

    Phone number: 020 7766 1125

    Address: Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JJ

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