Well-known names – Hugh Dennis, Jon Culshaw, Paul Lewis, Felicity Finch and the Vicar of St Martin’s, Revd Dr Sam Wells – kicked off the Appeal by volunteering at a call hub on Sunday 4 December, taking calls from donors.
Watch action from the day below:
A long-term supporter of St Martin’s Charity, TV Presenter and Comedian, Hugh Dennis, said:
“This winter, tens of thousands of people will be without the stability and security of their own home – your support is urgently needed. A simple act of kindness can turn someone’s future around. Your donation to the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields, could be the start of someone’s journey to a safe place to call home, so please support if you can.”
Eleanor Garland, Station Executive, BBC Radio 4 said:
“Each year the listeners to BBC Radio 4 show huge generosity and kindness in donating to the Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields. We are so grateful to them for their continuing support. The money they give will help people all across the country to get back on their feet, find a home and new start in life.”
Money raised by the Appeal will go to people experiencing homelessness as well as to support frontline workers and to fund organisations working to end and prevent homelessness.
Tim Bissett, Director of St Martin’s Charity, said:
“As we plan for the 96th Christmas Appeal, we feel incredibly privileged to have the support of so many well-known names.
We are all worried about the increase in cost of living and what it’ll mean for so many people who are either facing homelessness right now or are on the brink. Supporting people away from homelessness is only possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you can, please make a donation – and change the lives of people who need a secure, safe place to live.”