Join us at the Cathedral for a special concert on Friday 23 February at 7.00 pm, marking the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Money raised from the concert will go to First Children’s Hospice in Nadvirna, Ukraine which is supported by UK-based Hospices of Hope. The concert is being kindly sponsored by Churchgates, Bedfords, Wooster’s Bakery and Giffords Hall Vineyard.
Hospices of Hope is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting the development of palliative and end of life care in South and East Europe. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Hospices of Hope immediately reached out to their friends at the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Palliative Care Centre and associated Nadvirna First Children’s Hospice to offer support in any way they could help.
Their hospice partners in Romania and Moldova helped to care for cancer patients leaving Ukraine, offered accommodation to refugees and donated medical supplies to both Ukrainian hospices. With the support of their donors, Hospices of Hope also helped to fund an ambulance to be able to transport patients from the war-torn areas in the east to the relative safety of the west; a generator to keep the power on and some medicines that had run out. Most hospices in Ukraine receive funding from the State for the salaries of medical staff and a contribution towards utilities and drugs. However, due to the war, their funding has been reduced and does not cover many of the essential items that are needed to run the hospices. Hospices of Hope is working to help sustain both organisations and the vital care they provide.
The concert will feature music from Eileanora & Tap, who will present a lively programme of Jazz, Swing and Boogie Woogie. Alina Rybina, a soprano who began her musical odyssey at the Odessa Music Academy in Ukraine and honed her skills at Morley College’s opera course in London, will be accompanied by Dan Soper on piano, and The Buskerteers Choir will also perform. A full programme is available here.
Ukrainian wine and traditional Ukrainian sweets and cakes will be available to purchase during the interval.
Tickets are just £10 for adults and free for children. Get tickets here.