In the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal last December, we heard Jo’s story. For years, Jo had worked hard to provide for herself and her family. But when the pandemic affected her successful business, she lost her income and then her home. Jo spent two years driving between friends and family members and at her lowest point she lived in her car for three months.

A grant from our Vicar’s Relief Fund (VRF) changed everything for her as it got her the deposit to her own little home where she could rebuild her life, have her family come and stay and focus on the future.

In this year’s newsletter, Together, which outlines not only the impact the support of you, our donor, is having, but other ways you could further support our work through monthly donations or gifts in Wills – you can also read our recent catch up with Jo and hear how her life has been transformed. We hope you will find it an interesting and inspirational read!

Jo has also recorded a short thank you message to everyone who donated to St Martin’s Charity last Christmas as you have changed her life and thousands of other lives with your kindness.

The work of St Martin’s Charity is crucial, and with homelessness rising and services under real pressure, it is needed more than ever. Last year the Charity directly helped over 8,000 people into accommodation and away from homelessness or to prevent their eviction through our VRF grants programme. And sadly, we expect to be as busy this year.


By leaving a gift in your Will to St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity, you can make sure that we continue to provide the best possible support – for years to come. We’ve partnered with expert Will writers, Octopus Legacy (formerly Guardian Angel), to give you the chance to write your Will for FREE. You can do this online, in-person or over the phone – in as little as 20 minutes.

To find out more click below or call the free Wills hotline 0800 773 4014 to get started.

Find out more about leaving a legacy and our free Will writing programme.

Your support on the frontline

Your support on the frontline

With your help, we support a wide range of professionals who work directly with people experiencing homelessness. We fund training and resources, so that they can share their expertise with each other. With your ongoing support, we can continue to fund the vital work of frontline workers.

“I can see that donations are helping to put roofs over people’s heads and giving them hope of a better future.”

Tim, Housing Navigator, North Tyneside area

help people experiencing homelessness

Lucy's story

Lucy's story

Lucy* received a grant from St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity to clear her debts, after fleeing a financially and physically abusive relationship.

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