Seeing the Syrian border first hand

In early May, three of us went to the Turkish border with Syria, to meet […]

Seven years into Syria’s conflict; there is still so much that can and must be done

15th March 2018 Today marks the seventh year of the conflict in Syria. I remember […]

Rebuilding Syria’s Healthcare

A great piece of analysis from Abdulkarim Ekzayez, a Syrian medical doctor, discussing whether the […]

Urgent Idlib Appeal – raising £60,000 for vital health services in Idlib

It takes violence of unprecedented levels for Syria to be newsworthy at the moment. Perhaps […]

New monthly Syrian Supper Clubs launch in South London, West London and Bristol

We are very excited to announce that monthly Syrian Supper Clubs are launching in three new locations […]

Airstrikes lead to evacuation of Primary Health Clinic and temporary closure of Kindergarten

On the 7th January 2018 the Primary Health Clinic supported by Hands Up, and managed […]

Readings from Singing for Syrians: First Visit To Damascus By Train 1928

The final reading of the service was given by Colin Thubron, the acclaimed travel writer. […]

Readings from Singing for Syrians: Just William Meets Violet Elizabeth

The fourth reading of the service absolutely brought the house down. Martin Jarvis, narrator of […]

Readings from Singing for Syrians: In Memoriam (Ring Out, Wild Bells)

This beautiful poem by the great Lord Tennyson was due to be our 3rd reading, […]

Readings from Singing for Syrians: Sam’s Christmas Pudding

The 2nd reading at our flagship carol service was this excellent monologue by Marriott Edgar, […]

Marmalaid is BACK

The Hands Up  Foundation / Abel & Cole team up continues apace, with our sold […]

Readings from Singing for Syrians: Five Letters To My Mother by Nizar Qabbani

This poem, the first reading at the Hands Up flagship carol service, is by Nizar […]

Why we must not forget Syria – George Butler’s address at Singing for Syrians

George, Trustee and Founder of Hands Up, gave the address at 2017’s flagship Singing for […]

Singing for Syrians flashmob raises the roof of Marylebone Station

Rush hour commuters at Marylebone Station got a festive surprise last Friday, courtesy of Singing […]

Singing for Syrians – Flagship Carol Service at St Margaret’s, Westminster

Join us for Hands Up’s flagship Singing for Syrians‘ carol service at St Margaret’s, Westminster on Tuesday 12th […]

Gift Aid – The Low Down on increasing your donation by 25%

You may have noticed that in doing your good deeds for Hands Up, we often […]

Hands Up and Abel & Cole’s partnership

For the last three years, Abel & Cole and Hands Up have been working together, […]

The Grand Souk of Prizes at Syria, Food for Thought

At Syria, Food for Thought this Thursday, 12th October, we will be inviting everyone to pledge […]

A Spotlight on Spirit of Syria

This week we wanted to put the spotlight on ‘Spirit of Syria’, a visual heritage project […]

What Your Support Means…to our friends in Syria

At Hands Up, we spend a huge amount of time making sure we know exactly […]

Singing for Syrians 2017 is here!

Singing for Syrians 2017 is here and we’re launching it in the House of Commons […]

Tickets are now on sale for Hands Up’s party: Syria, Food for Thought on 12th October – book quick!

Tickets are go – grab yours here Hands Up is back with a party this […]

The people behind Hands Up; the Board and the Team

THE TRUSTEES Amanda Ogilvie, Trustee Amanda is a charity and social enterprise solicitor at Bates […]

Cycling for Syria! These lads are taking on the challenge, raising money for Hands Up as they go…

Check this out people, Lucas, Adam and Lucas are cycling the length of the Pyrenees […]

Hands Up newsletter – June 2017

Here’s the latest newsletter with everything that Hands Up has been doing, from new partners […]

A fabulous community sponsorship programme taking shape for Syrian refugees

This is a prime example of people bothering to get up and do something and […]

Syria, Food for Thought – SAVE THE DATE

Brace yourselves people, because Hands Up has a party coming to town… get the date […]

In May we spent a few days on the Syrian Turkish border meeting partners and visiting projects…

Sitting in an office in London (or anywhere in the UK) it is hard to […]

While in Gaziantep in May, we had the opportunity to speak with one of the doctors we fund at a primary health clinic in southern rural Aleppo, this is what he had to say…

Gaziantep, 10th May 2017, 12:55pm While meeting with staff from SAMS office in Gaziantep, we […]

Hands Up for Art?!

We went down to Park Loft Studios today to drop off some MarmalAid for their […]

MarmalAid goes north

#MarmalAid sales are on in Little Dockray, Penrith at #marmaladeawards. Come and see us! ? #penrithgoesorange #handsupfoundation […]

A letter to those who sang for Syrians in 2016 – raising over £140k!

Dear Singers, Thank you for all you did to raise money for some of Syria’s […]

MarmalAid – you spread on your toast, we’ll spread the love

Marmalade, the taste, smell and sight of it on toast conjures up different feelings for […]

This schoolgirl is raising money for Hands Up by shaving her head, we are VERY impressed!

Yeshe, in year six at Queen Anne’s School, is bravely shaving her head to raise […]

Leona Lewis sends a message for Singing for Syrians!

Hands Up – the latest, our first newsletter…

Dear all, We are very excited to send you Hands Up’s first official newsletter – it has […]

Dominic West is in for Singing for Syrians – are you?!

Click the image to watch…

The Flower Seller of Aleppo – a rare snapshot of life inside Aleppo

L’Institut Francais are holding a screening of ‘Farouk, besieged like me’ by Mouhassaron Mithli

Check l’Institut Francais’ website for tickets… In this deeply personal documentary, veteran Syrian documentarian Hala […]

A letter on how to help Syrian refugees

Dear friends, Many of you have been asking where and how you can help Syrian […]

Making MarmalAid in 2015

Check out this video of MarmalAid making by the very lovely people at North 19 […]

A story of marmalade and a tale of two trees

Damascus, March 2011 There are two trees of note in Beit Louisa, Bab Salaam, Damascus; […]

We had a Syrian Pop Up – throwback to our first Syrian Supper…

26th July 2012   Tonight we have our first Syrian pop-up restaurant. It is a […]