The BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields – Journey Together

Please join us and donate to help someone on their journey away from homelessness

The Connection is proud and grateful to receive support every year from the BBC Radio 4 Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Rev Dr Sam Wells
Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields

“When someone is supported by The Connection, or with a grant from the Vicar’s Relief Fund, the journey from that moment on is driven by the individual. Yet behind them will be the encouragement, resource and stability to support them every step of the way.

For 92 years the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin in-the-Fields has been making journeys out of crisis possible. All over the UK, the Vicar’s Relief Fund provides emergency grants of up to £350 so a homeless person can pay a deposit on a flat, or someone in rent arrears can avoid eviction. They enable frontline support workers to offer encouragement, so people in trouble aren’t alone while they get their lives together. In London, The Connection at St Martin’s helps people get off the streets and begin a journey toward hope.

There’s only one thing better than seeing a person journey from despair to hope, and that’s being part of that journey. By donating to the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields, you can join the journey of the homeless person and the support worker towards a future that’s bigger than the past. Your donation means we can make that journey together. You can turn a desolate wandering of isolation and abandonment into a shared journey of expectation, courage and pride.

Whether you’re a long-standing donor or this is your first year, thank you. Thank you for joining a journey of hope, change and dignity – a journey together.

With best wishes,

Revd Dr Sam Wells”

Take the Christmas Journey Together

The Gardening Group at The Connection
The Connection’s Gardening Group provides homeless and vulnerably housed people with a nurturing environment where they can build skills and confidence, and thrive.

With a donation to the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal, you can help someone on their journey away from homelessness.
That help might be a night’s stay at The Connection’s Emergency Night Shelter, or a grant which pays the deposit on a flat. Across the wide range of services and support we provide, there are three stages of the journey together:

1. Preventing people from becoming homeless
2. Responding when people are homeless
3. Support to move on

Ways to join the Journey Together

Online
You can donate online via www.smitfc.org/donate

Phone
You can make your gift right now by calling 0800 082 82 84

Post
If you’d like to send a cheque, please make this payable to St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal. Then all you’ll need to do is address your envelope ‘Freepost St Martin’s Christmas Appeal’, and it will get to us. That’s the whole address: ‘Freepost St Martin’s Christmas Appeal’.

St Martin-in-the-Fields
If you’re passing St Martin’s, you can drop your donation off at one of the donation boxes on site too.

Thank you

Whether you’re a long-standing donor or this is your first year, thank you. Thank you for joining a journey of hope, change and dignity – a journey together.

Steve Huddlestone, Recovery Programme Co-ordinator at The Connection. Find our more about our Recovery Programme here.

Find out more about this year’s appeal here.