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The conflict in Syria has shattered the lives of millions. Singing for Syrians offers a positive way to help some of Syria’s most vulnerable through the Hands Up Foundation’s aid work. Chaired by Alistair Burt MP, the initiative encourages communities to raise money for Hands Up by holding a musical event. Anything from concerts to carolling, services or singing round the piano with friends.
We also host our own flagship events, in particular a special evening carol service at St Margaret’s Church in Westminster, London.
We have been singing our hearts out since 2014 and have raised over £300,000 for Hands Up so far.
Eight years have passed since the conflict began, and while Syria fades from the headlines, the need for aid is increasing. In 2018, over 1,000 children were killed in the fighting. We work to make sure that the most vulnerable Syrians are not forgotten.
The Hands Up Foundation works directly with local organisations who know the needs and context of their local communities better than anyone. We fund sustainable education and health projects, providing salaries to Syrian doctors and teachers and hope for their local communities.
This year we’re funding a school for 300 Syrian refugee children. To read more about this and the other projects we support please visit www.handsupfoundation.org
Singing for Syrians started in 2014, developed by one of Hands Up’s founders, George Butler, with Victoria Prentis MP. Five years on, it’s one of Hands Up’s most successful campaigns. The Hands Up Foundation began in 2012 when four British friends (Johnnie, Rose, Louisa and George) got together and started hosting Syrian Suppers, doing something positive to remind their friends in Syria that they had not been forgotten. Hands Up is inspired by the founders’ time in Syria, the people they met and the culture they sang.