The annual Singing for Syrians campaign is back, and this year it’s bigger and brighter than ever. Join us for a candlelit, packed programme of your favourite carols, as well as readings and performances by some very special guests.
Actors Julie Christie, Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack will join broadcaster John McCarthy, journalist Lyse Doucet and filmmaker, activist and Syrian refugee Hassan Akkad for a festive evening to remember. Following the carol service, guests can enjoy an exclusive drinks reception, with canapes in the neighbouring Church House. Singing for Syria is the annual fundraising campaign hosted by The Hands up Foundation. During December they aim to raise £120,000 for some of Syria’s most vulnerable people.
“Singing for Syrians is a fantastic initiative which I am very pleased to support. It is a positive and uplifting way of helping Syria’s most vulnerable people, whose lives have been shattered by war. Providing vital health and education services in areas where these are extremely scarce is one way that we can make a real difference to the victims of this terrible crisis”.
– John McCarthy, reader at Carol Service 2022
Generously sponsored by Xerjoff.
Tickets available now
Thursday 1 December 6:30pm
Carol Service; St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, London
Drinks Reception from 7:45pm (limited availability), Church House, London
Buy tickets here
There are 14.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria. 90% of the population lives in poverty and 2 million live in informal settlements or camps.
All funds raised go directly to health and education programmes that are supporting the livelihoods of Syrian doctors and teachers as well as vital services to their local communities.
“Syria still matters. It matters because its brutal conflict continues to devastate the lives of millions of people. We have been singing for Syrians since 2015, and we are still singing because it is absolutely vital that we do not forget the most vulnerable Syrian communities. We know that we can make a positive difference to the lives of thousands of Syrian families each year and we continue to be inspired by everyone who sings with us to make that possible.”
– Rose Essam, Hands Up CEO
Other ways to get involved
There are lots of other ways you can Sing for Syrians this Christmas. As well as the carol concert on the 1st December, people up and down the country are being invited to host their own fundraiser. It could be a choir service, gig, karaoke night, school assembly or even a bake sale, everyone is welcome to get together and ‘sing like they can hear us’.
The carol concert also marks the start of the match funding week. Any funds raised online during 1-8 December will be matched by our generous pledgers. To double your donation, be sure to donate here during 1-8th December and help us reach our fundraising goal.