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Sing for Syrians this Christmas

Be part of our UK wide fundraiser


Sing like they can hear us!

Singing for Syrians harnesses the power of music to raise money for Syria’s most vulnerable.  

In 2022 year, we kicked off the festive season with a night of carols and joy at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster. Jeremy Irons, Sinead Cusack, Hassan Akkad, Julie Christie, Maya Youssef and John McCarthy all joined us for a beautiful candlelit service, packed with carols and readings, followed by a wonderful party.

So far, the night has raised over £35,000! But Singing for Syrians isn't over... there are still so many ways you can get involved and help us raise vital funds for vulnerable Syrian communities!


There are 14.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria. 90% of the population lives in poverty and 2 million are in informal settlements without access to basic services. All funds raised go directly to health and education projects that are supporting the livelihoods of Syrian doctors and teachers as well as vital services to their local communities. We know the people we work with as well as the communities we serve, and over the last year alone we’ve helped over 26,000 Syrians.

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Hold Your Own

Hold your own fundraising event and see what incredible things can happen when people come together.

Add your voice to the Singing for Syrians campaign by holding a fundraising event.

It could be a choir service, gig, karaoke night, school assembly or even a bake sale – there’s lots of ways to get involved. As well as having a great time, you’ll be helping us reach our £120,000 fundraising target.

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About Hands Up

Hands Up was set up by four British friends. Inspired by our time in Damascus, we wanted to remind our friends in Syria that they have not been forgotten. For us, ‘Syria’ is the noise, colour and scent of spice souks, the birthplace of modern civilisation and the definition of hospitality. The idea behind everything we do is simple and positive; gather people together and remind them of Syria’s rich culture while helping to provide education & health services for the most vulnerable Syrian communities.

Our flagship campaign, Singing for Syrians started in 2014, developed by our Chair, George Butler with Victoria Prentis MP. It is one of our most successful campaigns and ensures that we raise vital funds to support our work on the ground.

Hands Up is run by the team in London and governed by its Board of Trustees. Read more about our people here.

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