A message from Revd Dr Sam Wells to all our supporters

I’m delighted to tell you that you helped to raise an incredible £2.3 million during the Christmas Appeal. You can read about how your gifts have been helping vulnerable people throughout our website.

Thank you for paying attention to homelessness, you made a difference.

While planning for the 2015 Christmas Appeal we reflected on our human responsibility to do the little we each can to alleviate human suffering. The words of French philosopher and activist Simone Weil particularly resonated with me, ‘Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity’.

There are an infinite number of ways to avoid paying attention to our fellow human beings, and many never pause to see the depth of poverty and loneliness around them. So, with Weil’s inspiring words in mind, you are the first to hear that this Christmas we will be looking at the theme ‘Pay Attention’.

To pay attention is to look deeply at a person to help them see how they can transform from being a burden on others to being a blessing to others. That’s what St Martin’s is all about. That’s why we call upon your help.

It takes a special type of person to pay attention to homelessness. From your gift to the 2014 Christmas Appeal I know that you care. Thank you so much for all your support.

The Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar
July 2015

Revd Dr Sam Wells will make the 89th Christmas Appeal on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday December 6th, 2015.  Go here for more details.

If you would like to hear how your donations have changed the lives of people across the UK by listening to Aasmah Mir presentBBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal: Making a Difference‘.