Raising funds and awareness

for those affected by the crisis in Syria


The Hands Up Foundation is a registered UK charity (no. 1156491), regulated by the UK Charity Commission. We set up in April 2014 to remind our friends in Syria that they have not been forgotten.

With our partner organisations working on the ground in and around Syria, and with careful consideration we identify projects that we believe will have the maximum impact for those in need. Then we make sure that the necessary funds are raised to implement these projects.

The Hands Up Foundation was set up in April 2014 by four friends, Johnnie Barnett, George Butler, Louisa Barnett and Rose Lukas.

Refugee children in northern Syria raising their hands!

What We Do

The crisis in Syria is one of the worst the world has ever seen and we are determined to do what we can to help by raising awareness and funds.

The need for humanitarian aid in Syria is so large, it is almost incomprehensible; in all areas from education to medicine, food, shelter and water.

As a small charity we are realistic about what we can do to help, but choosing specific projects with the right charities allows us to be as efficient as we can with your donations.

Syrian Supper Club

The Syrian Supper Club is at the core of our fundraising. Since 2012 we have held 75 suppers, fed over 2000 people, and rolled a whole heap of falafel. Other Syrian Suppers have popped up around the world. We use a simple yet powerful formula; by sharing food and using a little entertainment people are united behind a common cause.

MarmalAid – inspired by Syria’s bitter oranges

In 2014 we launched a new social enterprise, inspired by Syria’s own bitter oranges. We’re making marmalade with a Syrian twist and selling it, with 100% of profits going towards the projects we support in Syria. Each jar has been handmade to remind our friends in Syria that they have not been forgotten – how very ap-peeling! Don't just think about starting your day with our MarmalAid on some crusty buttery toast, it makes a wonderful gift. We can supply large volumes for favours at weddings and gala dinners. We currently sell our MarmalAid in two sizes - 10oz and 2oz jars.

Please get in touch with louisa@handsupfoundation.org if you'd like to place an order. Branded jute bags can also be supplied.

ِوأشجارِ نارنجٍ كأن ثمارَها ... حِقاقُ عقيقٍ قد مُلِئنَ من الدُر ِمطالعُها بين الغصونِ كأنها ... خدودُ العذارى في ملاحفِها الخُضر أَتَتْ كلَّ مشتاقٍ بِرَيّا حبيبِهِ ... فهاجَت له الأحزانَ من حيثُ لاَ يَدري

Present programs

Prosthetic Limbs

We are raising money to support 2 prosthetic limb clinics, one in Reyhanli on the Turkish border and one in Hazzano, Idlib, inside Syria run by UK registered charity Syria Relief http://www.syriarelief.org.uk

These clinics have been in place since 2013 and produce and fit around 100 prosthetics per month, with no charge.

Medical Salaries

For the third year running we are supporting 7 medical staff in Aleppo. This is one of the projects we are most proud of and consider vital. Firstly because the team treats hundreds of Syrians each month and secondly because it keeps the expertise of qualified Syrian professionals in Syria and gives them a means to feed their own families. Rebuilding may seem like a far-off reality but if it starts now the chance for stability improves by the minute.

Past programs

We work with several organizations in Turkey, Jordan and Syria, supporting projects providing maternal healthcare and medical equipment, paying local doctors’ salaries, delivering food baskets and providing prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation.

Organizations we have worked with include:

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Syria Relief

As the crisis continues it is more important than ever that we continue to provide support and we can’t do this without your help.

Upcoming Events

8th Jan Syrian Supper Club at E5 Bakehouse
1st Feb Syrian Supper Club at E5 Bakehouse
5th Apr Syrian Supper Club at E5 Bakehouse