Felicity Finch in conversation
I’m Felicity Finch and I play Ruth Archer in the radio soap The Archers as well as making features and documentaries for Radio 4 and The World Service. I’ve recently recorded the experiences of some of the people across the UK who have found themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness, as I feel it’s important that their stories are heard. Part of the help they’ve received has come from The Vicar’s Relief Fund, provided by the St Martin-in-the-Fields charity. (Every Christmas the charity joins forces with Radio 4 for its annual appeal.)
The average grant is around £250 and, importantly, it can be given within a couple of days of a request, quickly having a positive impact and helping to alleviate distress or avert a crisis.
You can also listen to me in conversation with some of the long serving volunteers who every year support the work of the Christmas Appeal.
You can listen to either the short version or the slightly longer version of each story. The latter gives a greater insight into the lives of individuals and how easy it can be to suddenly find yourself homeless. I urge you to listen if you have the time.
Listen to Ron in conversation with Felicity when she interviewed him to find out more about how he has been supported by The Connection at St Martins.
Andy felt he was a man with everything, but who suddenly and unexpectedly found himself homeless. After a very difficult time, he managed to get his life back on track. Felicity interviewed Andy to find out more about how the Vicar’s Relief Fund helped him.
Joanne spoke to Felicity about how a grant from the Vicar’s Relief Fund helped her pay off her rent arrears and took away the risk of her losing her home.