People of St Martin’s: David

“I first became aware of the vital work that St Martin in the Fields does for the homeless when listening to the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal many years ago, hearing the story of a very talented and successful opera singer, who had sadly fallen on hard times and ended up homeless, before being rescued by…

People of St Martin’s: Lucy

“I first joined the Christmas volunteer team in 2015 and walked into a warm welcome! I already knew of the wonderful work of St. Martins and, having moved back to my London “roots” a couple of years earlier, was attracted by the location and seasonal experience! As the work only occupies one month of the…

People of St Martin’s: Dermot

“I describe myself as a Christian atheist or, sometimes, an infidel. But also, someone with a sense of justice who hates unfairness. Having long admired Sam Wells’ sermons from Duke University, his wise words of humanity and sense very often made a huge impression. This, combined with my strange fascination for religions and for churches,…

People of St Martin’s: Bitenge

“The African Refugee Community provides psycho-social assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and people who are destitute. We assist them in different contexts during their relocation processes in the UK. The African Refugee Community has been receiving VRF grants to support our service users for many years, and I have seen the positive impact that this…

People of St Martin’s: Janet

“I have donated in memory of Norman Ingram Smith, who I knew many years ago when we ran St Luke’s Hostel in Kennington.  He pioneered a residential care for people with alcohol misuse problems at the hostel under Donald Soper, with his vision of care for people who are homeless. A few years later, they…

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