A message from Revd Dr Sam Wells to all our volunteers

Volunteers are at the heart of the Christmas Appeal for two reasons. One is simple: it’s important to donors that we keep our overheads to a minimum. Donors understandably (if not always realistically) want to see every penny that they contribute go directly to the people in greatest need. A large team of volunteers helps us achieve that. But more subtly and importantly, the Christmas Appeal is about dismantling the powerlessness of a well-meaning person to do anything about a huge social issue like homelessness. The Appeal makes it possible for a person in a quiet village both to know and to feel that they are positively affecting the life of someone they’ve never met on a street in London or in a bed-sit in Dundee. Volunteers are making the same discovery themselves: there is something you can do – and doing it is not only satisfying but often fun.

Thank you for making the 2014 Appeal happen. You don’t just help raise the money: you embody the spirit of what the Appeal is all about.

The Revd Dr Sam Wells
Vicar
February 2015

Revd Dr Sam Wells made the 88th Christmas Appeal on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday – you can listen again here. You can also hear how your donations have changed the lives of people across the UK by listening to Aasmah Mir present ‘BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal: Making a Difference‘.

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