MP calls on communities to sing in aid of war hit Syrians

MP Victoria Prentis
MP Victoria Prentis

MP for Banbury Victoria Prentis is asking communities to hold carol concerts this Christmas to help support people in Syria.

Mrs Prentis has been working with artist George Butler to organise a nationwide series of carol concerts this Christmas to raise money for Syria relief charities Christian Aid and the Hands Up Foundation, of which Mr Butler is a trustee.

Singing for Syrians asks individuals, churches and communities from across the UK to host fundraising carol concerts to help people whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict. Basil Eastwood, former ambassador to Syria, has championed the concept.

The funds raised will be used to help Christian Aid and the Hands Up Foundation work in Syria.

Support includes providing emergency food, water and sanitation, as well as education programmes, psychosocial support for women and children, and support for medical teams inside Syria. During winter refugee families will receive much needed blankets, warm clothing, food stoves and fuel for cooking.

Mrs Prentis said: “Before I was elected, I found carol concerts were a great way to raise money while having a good sing. It therefore seemed obvious to me that concerts would be a good way to raise money for the most desperate people who remain in Syria.

“I am particularly concerned about the elderly and those with poor health, who are too weak to contemplate leaving the country. Hands Up and Christian Aid are doing some great work on the ground in Syria and the surrounding countries.

“Singing for Syrians provides a brilliant opportunity to raise funds for these charities to help these people. Whether you pass around a bucket at an already planned carol concert, organise your own event from scratch, or come to the St Margaret’s concert on December 15, I really hope people will get behind this initiative.”

Organisers of Singing for Syrians concerts around the UK will be invited to a special carol concert in St Margaret’s Church on the grounds of Westminster Abbey on December 15. Tickets are available via Biletto with a suggested donation of £10 (https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/singing-for-syrians-carols). There will also be a private reception at Speaker’s House.

Members of the public are invited to contact singingforsyrians@gmail.com to receive a free ‘How To’ pack full of ideas on how to organise their own concert, and for any other enquiries.