Magical Candlelit Christmas Concert 2022

Join us for our Annual Candlelit Christmas Concert on Thursday 1st December 2022! Once again our Candlelit Concert will be held at St Peter’s Church in Eaton Square, London.  This is the perfect start to the Christmas season – Carols by Candlelight.

It has always been a star studded evening with Readers including our wonderful Patrons, Joanna Lumley OBE, Miriam Margolyes OBE, Timothy West CBE, and The Lord Cope of Berkeley PC. This year we are thrilled that Valerie Singleton and friends will also be joining us.  We are also delighted that Thames Fanfare Brass will once again be raising the roof.  What would a Christmas Concert be without a Trumpet Fanfare?!  The angelic voices of the Queen’s Gate School Choirs will fill the church with gorgeous songs and there will, of course, be plenty of favourite Christmas Carols too for you to join in!

The concert will begin at 7.00pm and will be followed by Mulled Wine & Mince Pies (included in your ticket).

Adults £35.00  Children £17.00 (minimum donation). Book your tickets here!

 

Please email contact@kidsforkids.org.uk with any enquiries.

 

Read our report about the 2021 Concert to get excited for this year!!

Cancellation Policy: Please note we cannot give refunds for event tickets unless the event is cancelled by us. 

Dame Joanna Lumley – at last!

Huge congratulations to our wonderful Patron, Joanna Lumley OBE, who has been made a Dame in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.   “Joanna’s work with often little known charities is exceptional” says our Founder Patricia Parker OBE. “If anyone deserves to be honoured it is dear Joanna.   I hope she will not mind my saying that it is not just her name which she gives to Kids for Kids, but she is enormously generous to us too, and I know we are one of many charities she supports.   Joanna is loved across the country and rightly so.  This honour is long overdue and there could not be a more deserving, unassuming, lovely person to become a Dame.”

Joanna Lumley has  been honoured for services “to drama, entertainment and charity” and we cannot thank her enough for everything she has done to support Kids for Kids over the years.

During lockdown recently, Joanna led our ‘Draw a Goat for Darfur’ children’s competition with her beautiful ‘Dandy’ Goat to help us entertain children here, but it is her indefatigable support for children in Darfur that is so inspirational.  She often hosts our magical Candlelit Christmas Concert in London and her Readings – all chosen by her – hold us spellbound.  Patricia says  “Dame Joanna deserves this accolade just for all the support she gives Kids for Kids – add all the other, often obscure, causes she supports,  and you will see why we are so very proud of our wonderful Patron”.

Joanna Lumley said her damehood was “extraordinary” and “completely unexpected”.

She initially thought the formal letter was bad news, but “burst into tears” when she realised it was offering her an honour. “It was an extraordinary shock,” she told BBC News. “I put my head in my hands and sobbed like a baby.

“Then I thought, how has this happened? Is it a mistake? I truly was completely thrown by it, and thrilled to bits, and so touched.”

We are delighted for Joanna and would like to wish her all the best for a very happy 2022.

Candlelit Christmas Concert Brings International Friends Together Again

Did you miss our Candlelit Christmas Concert this year? Here’s a little snippet and there’s a link to the whole magical experience further below..!

Joanna Lumley OBE, Timothy West CBE, Lord Cope of Berkeley PC, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jiaxin Cheng and friends help spread Christmas cheer across the globe and raise vital funds for the forgotten children of Darfur.

After the success of last year, Kids for Kids took the magic online once again to share a celebratory mulled wine and mince pie live on Zoom with international friends and enjoy the beautiful Candlelit Christmas concert, filmed earlier this month in St Peter’s Church, London.

Patricia Parker OBE, Founder of Kids for Kids, was delighted to welcome supporters from all over the World including Malta, Norway, Albania, Australia, the USA and, of course, Sudan!

It was such a treat to welcome our supporters and wonderful Patrons – many of them friends for of our 20 years –  surrounded by flickering candles in their own homes, and to raise a glass with everyone across the globe” said Patricia.

The live concert, which once again was generously sponsored by Delamere Dairy, was a sell out long beforehand and voted the best ever. The choirs of Queen’s Gate School sang their hearts out, Thames Fanfare Brass serenaded everyone with wonderful Christmas music and Jiaxin Cheng had the audience spell-bound with her beautiful cello playing. There was fun and laughter during the readings from our Celebrity Patrons and Patricia Parker moved everyone to tears with her inspirational speech. (see link below)

“It is so wonderful to be able to share this magical evening again with our supporters from far and wide,” said Patricia, “and to celebrate 20 years of Kids for Kids together online. My grateful thanks go to Queen’s Gate School, Amy-Elizabeth Hinds, Mountain Video Productions and The Projectors who have enabled us to produce this online concert and to once again start Christmas beautifully with all our international friends.”

Patricia ended her moving Christmas Message this year:

“Twenty years of Kids for Kids. Twenty years of doing all we can to help children no one else is helping. It would be tragic if we stopped now, now when so many children are facing such appalling conditions. We MUST continue, we MUST do all we can, and yes, we MUST go on for another twenty years. We are needed.

The little 9 year old, who first inspired me, Ibrahim, is now 29. He told me last February, that his son is at our Kindergarten. He is not walking long hours for water. He is at school. He is healthy. He is happy. He will not become a refugee. To Ibrahim, and to me, it was a miracle our meeting in the desert 20 years ago. Let’s make more miracles happen.

Children need goats, so they have milk to drink. The land needs trees to grow green again. Those are what I hope Father Christmas will give me this year!

Happy Christmas everyone!”

 

Make a difference this Christmas! Donate Goats or Trees to Darfur and Gift a Certificate to a loved one – just click here to order.

 

You can hear more about our live Candlelit Christmas Concert here and read Patricia Parker’s full CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2021.

 

Want to watch our wonderful Candlelit Christmas Concert once more?  And for those of you who couldn’t join us, catch up on the magical evening in it’s entirety here.

 

With grateful thanks to Ros Kamaryc, Principal Queen’s Gate School, Amy-Elizabeth Hinds,  Mountain Video Productions and The Projectors for filming and editing the beautiful recording for Kids for Kids, and to our wonderful sponsors DELAMERE DAIRY

 

 

CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2021 – LIVE IN LONDON!

We are delighted to announce that our magical, much loved, Candlelit Christmas Concert will once again be live in London at St Peter’s Eaton Square this year on Thursday 2nd December 2021.    The girls at our much loved Queen’s Gate School are already queuing up to rehearse!

This year we celebrate our 20th Birthday: that’s 20 years of helping the forgotten children of Darfur, children facing starvation. Special friends joining us include:

Patrons JOANNA LUMLEY OBE, TIMOTHY WEST CBE and THE LORD COPE OF BERKELEY PC

With a personal appearance of the celebrated international cellist JIAXIN CHENG and husband, JULIAN LLOYD-WEBBER.

Once again, the girls from the choirs of Queen’s Gate School, founded in 1891 will be leading the singing – whilst the lights of hundreds of candles will help usher in the Christmas season.  Always a favourite, Thames Fanfare Brass will raise the roof under the charismatic leadership of Roy Bilham. The evening ends with mince pies and Christmas cheer – what else?!

Please book your tickets as soon as possible as we will be extra specially careful to arrange social distancing as necessary and it will therefore be a first come, first served, basis.   Should Covid prevent us from holding the concert live, we will refund your ticket and restage the event online, as we did last year.

Kids for Kids is the only organisation helping the forgotten children of Darfur living in remote, primitive villages out of sight of the world.  This year droughts, fires, floods, and Covid-19 have combined to create untold hardship.   Many families cannot feed their children, even now when harvest time in Darfur approaches.  Kids for Kids is the only hope for many families to survive.

Please order your tickets today!   We are keeping prices the same as in 2019, our last live Concert.

Adults £35 (minimum donation) children £17.50 (minimum donation)

For more details and to book your tickets now, click here!

 

 

20 years of Celebration – Smiles, Laughter and Tears – our 20th Birthday Party

Live Zoom brought together Joanna Lumley OBE, Miriam Margolyes OBE, Julie Etchingham, Timothy West and Dame Rosalind Marsden KCMG – all Patrons of Kids for Kids – supporters from around the world, and our Founder Patricia Parker MBE and Trustee Alastair King-Smith, to celebrate 20 years of helping children the rest of the world has forgotten, on 8th March this year – International Women’s Day. “It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago when 19 influential ladies joined me in Khartoum to see how we could help the invisible families in Darfur” said Patricia. “That was the birth of Kids for Kids all those years ago.  And we’re not stopping now!”

If you missed the celebration, you can still catch up – or re-live it – via the link at the end of this article and, if you would like to make a donation as a birthday present for our 20th Birthday please do consider donating to The Greatest Need to help children in Darfur now when they need us the most.

In what can only be described as an emotional night, Patricia regaled the audience with stories from across the years -from how she started the charity all those years ago, to how she and her son Alastair, now one of the charity’s Trustees, were kidnapped at gunpoint, to the thousands of people that the Charity has supported through the years.

With special birthday messages from long time volunteer Hazel Oberst who has volunteered for 19.5 years, and Beverley Wheeler who has supported the charity from 1994, to Sage Lancaster who first heard of Kids for Kids when just 7 years old, becoming a successful fundraiser including working for the charity before restarting her studies this year, and Omniat Osman, a new Sudanese supporter, and, from Sudan, Hatim Abu Sineina our dedicated Volunteer Chairman in Khartoum who has supported Kids for Kids for the entire 20 years.

Highlights included former Ambassador and EU Representative to Sudan, Dame Rosalind Marsden, who brought us up to date with events in Sudan, and in particular how these affected Darfur which has historically always experienced the worst deprivation and suffering.

One of the most memorable and joyful moments of the evening was being joined by the one and only Joanna Lumley, a Patron of many years,  who spoke to Patricia about the charity and the amazing work it has achieved and also what is in store for the next 20 years.   In addition to helping as many new villages as possible – three in 2021 to celebrate our 20th Birthday – Trees for the Future is a long term plan including a plantation of Moringa trees whose seeds can be used to purify water.

In Joanna’s own words ‘ I love the idea of trees healing the earth, they seem to be wise old beings’

But that was not all!  Joining in the birthday messages were Julie Etchingham whose moving tribute to Kids for Kids set the scene for the evening,  Miriam Margolyes who joined us from Tuscany and the much loved Timothy West all told us their reasons for supporting Kids for Kids.

Both Timothy and Julie said they were already looking forward to the Candlelit Christmas concert this year as it ‘ brings hope to people who are desperately in need.’   Please Note:   there are plans for a full live Concert at St Peter’s Eaton Square in London on Thursday 2nd December with the wonderful choirs from Queen’s Gate School.   “We are expecting a sell out” said Patricia “who is not longing to be with friends and celebrate together?”

The fun didn’t end there, with a quiz to keep people on their toes with a few trick questions thrown in – and to finish off,  a collective redition of Happy Birthday over Zoom from all over the world – perhaps a little out of tune but the joy and celebration were palpable!

It was an evening filled with love and support.  Thank you everyone for joining us to celebrate our FIRST twenty years.

. . .Here’s to the Future!

Listen to our wonderful 20th Birthday Messages

We are so incredibly lucky to have such fabulous Patrons and supporters.

Listen to some of the wonderful 20th Birthday messages we received in March 2021 from our Patrons, Joanna Lumley OBE, Miriam Margolyes OBE, Timothy West CBE, Julie Etchingham, and our volunteers and supporters, Hatim Abu Sineina, Hazel Oberst, Beverley Wheeler, Sage Lancaster and Omniat Osman.

 

Missed our 20th Birthday Celebration?

If you were unable to join us live on Monday 8th March or would like to share the celebrations with friends and family, you can access a recording of the full Event here.

We asked everyone who joined us on 8th March to make a donation and we would be so grateful if you could do the same. Please do consider donating to The Greatest Need to help children in Darfur now when they need us the most.