For the second year running Nicola is proudly supporting the Singing for Syrians initiative, opening the Westminster Carol Service singing Once in Royal David’s City solo to help raise money for vulnerable Syrian refugees.
Singing for Syrians was launched by Victoria Prentis MP last year, and all money raised goes directly to fund medical teams on the ground in Aleppo and to prosthetic limb clinics in the region. It is currently estimated that over 50,000 Syrians are amputees in urgent need of treatment.
Last year £90,000 was raised, as funding was matched by the Department for International Development, and its hoped that this year will top that.
Alongside Nicola, fellow MPs also sang including Will Quince MP, Andrea Jenkyn MP, Robert Buckland MP, Cheryl Hillan MP, Bernard Jenkin MP, Caroline Spellman MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, and Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP. There were also readings from Robert Peston and Michael Morpurgo, as well as a performance by Alexander Armstrong.
For more information on Singing for Syrians, or to donate, visit here.
Nicola says: I was humbled to perform in this Carol Service, and the vulnerable people of Syria have never needed our help more. Singing for Syrians is just one of the ways anyone and everyone can help, it shows our solidarity and money raised funds life-saving treatments making a real difference. The situation in Aleppo is heartbreaking and now, more than ever, we must continue to work towards a comprehensive solution and find a way to provide essential humanitarian access in the region.