We are very excited to send you Hands Up's first official newsletter - it has been a long time coming! There are so many brilliant things happening and much of this is down to you, so the least we can do is let you know what is going on and how you can get involved. These updates will wing their way to you every few months.
To jog any crowded minds, Hands Up is the charity behind the Syrian Supper Club, Singing for Syrians and MarmalAid. We want to remind our friends in Syria that they have not been forgotten. To do this, we raise money and awareness through sustainable and creative fundraising for vulnerable people suffering as a result of the crisis. Where possible, we fund programmes which give Syrians a choice to stay and make a living in Syria.
Syria has been splashed across our newspapers and TV screens recently and is once again the top news story. It is easy to feel helpless in the face of an increasingly brutal, long-standing conflict, but we must remember that we all have the power to do something. So many of you have proved this by coming along to a Syrian Supper, holding your own, buying a ticket for Singing for Syrians or shaking a bucket around the office - and that knowledge is a powerful and positive thing.
Read more below on George's recent trip to the Turkish/Syrian border where he met some of the doctors we've been funding in Aleppo, Singing for Syrians and what you have been doing to wave the fundraising flag yourselves.
Over and out
Rose, George, Johnnie and Louisa