A St David’s Day service in Parliament has raised £626 for Unicef’s Children of Syria Appeal.
The service, which has become an integral part of the Parliamentary calendar, and a go-to event for anyone who is thinking of Wales on St David’s Day, was held at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster and was attended by MPs, peers and a number of prominent London-Welsh figures, as well as members of Welsh churches and organisations in London.
Conducted by the Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the bilingual service organised by Plaid Cymru’s Westminster Office Manager, Rhian Medi Roberts included readings from MPs from all parties and performances from cellist, Steffan Morris, singers Lisa Jên and Mirain Haf of ‘9Bach’ and Gwalia Male Voice Choir. Pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Llundain (London Welsh School) also sang at the service.
Attendees at the service donated a total of £626 for Unicef’s Children of Syria Appeal, which was presented to Unicef in Parliament this week.
Plaid Cymru MP, and organiser of the service, Hywel Williams, said:
“It’s great to be able to celebrate St David’s Day in Westminster and I am grateful to all those who kindly donated to the appeal to help the children of Syria. I’m also very grateful to all those who gave up their time to participate in the service.
“Syrian children live in unbearable conditions and more than 8 million are affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis. It is critically important that we support the work that Unicef is doing to keep these children safe. I am pleased that our St David’s Day service could generate this small contribution to this work.
Lily Caprani, Deputy Executive Director at Unicef UK, said:
“After six years of war, many children have grown up knowing nothing but war, death and destruction.
“For the millions of Syrians displaced, living in neighbouring countries, or arriving in Europe, surviving is a daily struggle. Children, especially, need our support. They need access to education, protection and opportunities for the future. The funds raised will help Unicef’s vital work supporting families both inside Syria and in the surrounding countries.”
Pictured above: Hywel Williams MP, Liz Saville Roberts MP, Unicef Senior Government Relations Advisor, Jake McLeod, Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin and Plaid Cymru's Westminster Office Manager, Rhian Medi Roberts.