About us

For over 89 years BBC Radio 4 listeners have supported the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, generously giving almost £4,500,000 in the last two years.  The money helps homeless people who receive shelter, food, aid and advice at The Connection at St Martin’s and it maintains a special Vicar’s Relief Fund which makes thousands of one-off grants to vulnerable people across the UK.

Revd Dr. Sam Wells will make the 90th Christmas Appeal on BBC Radio 4 on 4 December 2016. On that day listeners will hear how their donations have changed the lives of people across the UK when Aasmah Mir presents ‘BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal: Making a Difference’.

The History of the Appeal

In 1924, the then vicar of St Martin’s, Dick Sheppard, preached at a service broadcast on the BBC.  He asked the listeners from around the world to mark the holiday season by sending in a donation to support those in need. The result was phenomenal and sparked a partnership with the BBC that has been instrumental since 1927 in helping thousands of people in need across the UK every year.

The money raised goes to the St Martin-in-the-Fields Vicar’s Relief Fund, which gives emergency grants to people in extreme financial hardship and to The Connection at St Martin’s.

St Martin-in-the-Fields is a landmark church in the heart of London. Located on the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields is steeped in beautiful Georgian architecture which has been imitated across the world.

With over twenty services a week, St Martin’s is a place of prayer and worship for Londoners and visitors alike. Throughout the 20th century, St Martin’s has played an active role in wider social, humanitarian and international issues. Architecturally, spiritually, culturally and socially, St Martin’s has helped to form the world around it, including playing a part of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the founding of many charitable organisations, including Amnesty International, Shelter and The Big Issue.

Our address is:

St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 4JJ
United Kingdom

Telephone 020 7766 1138
Email info@stmartinscharity.org

Information about our staff and our trustees can be found here.

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